Daily D – John 12:20-22
Now some Greeks were among those who went up to worship at the festival. So they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and requested of him, “Sir, we want to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.
JOHN 12:20-22 (CSB)
Lazarus lived. Verses 17-19 tell us two sides of this story. As Jesus entered Jerusalem for the Passover festival, there were two different perspectives. There were those who let everyone know what he had done for Lazarus and those who wanted to see Jesus because of this (verses 17 and 18). Then there were those who were angry and wanted to kill Jesus because of this (verse 19).
Among those who wanted to see Jesus were Greeks who went up to worship at the festival (verse 20). When they approached Philip they said, “Sir, we want to see Jesus,” (verse 21).
John the Baptizer said in 3:30 that Jesus must become greater and greater and that he must become less and less. The Pharisees were right. “You see? You’ve accomplished nothing. Look, the world has gone after him!” (Verse 19). More Jesus, please.
The more people see Jesus as he is, the more attracted they are too him. Sadly, the way Jesus is often portrayed in the media or mediated through some believers, Jesus is not that interesting. A helpful guide to understand Jesus is John Ortberg’s book, Who Is This Man? Jesus really is the Most Interesting Man in the World. He is the Most Interesting Man Ever.
A good prayer is to use the words of the Greeks and say, “Our Father, we want to see Jesus.” There’s an old hymn called More About Jesus. It is worth looking up, singing, and praying. The more we see Jesus for who he is, the more we want to see of Jesus.
More Jesus, please.
I will seek to know Jesus better and better.
Our Father, may John’s testimony be ours. May our lives declare more about Jesus and less about us. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.