And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. (John 12:20, 21)
See Jesus… See Him in a manger. It wasn’t convenient. Townspeople ignore Him. Rulers fear Him. Shepherds worship Him.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. (Luke 2:10-12)
What do you see? Can you see the wonder? “Let us go see this that The Lord has made known to us…” Do you sense that they stumbled onto a once-in-a-lifetime experience?
See Jesus… See Him riding triumphant. It seemed convenient. The Jews marvel at Him. The disciples follow Him. The Pharisees glare at Him in disgust.
On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. (John 12:12, 13)
What do you see? Innocent faith? Unpretentious desire? Desperation at the highest level…
See Jesus… See Him three days after the mob had done its work. It had not been convenient. Governors had judged Him. Soldiers had scorned Him. Onlookers had gawked at Him. Disciples had denied Him.
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. (John 20:15, 16)
What do you see? Panic over a misplaced Savior, relief that the Redeemer was alive, the first of all that will ever be redeemed from the grave…
The Christ-like and the Christ-less all must see Jesus for who He is, no matter how inconvenient it is. Christianity without Christ is nothing.
All scriptures are from the KJV. Sign up for email updates today and get a free family vision planning form. Image via Microsoft Office images.