Show them Jesus

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John 12

20 Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast. 21 Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”

When I was a teenager my father took me to preach a sermon at Pacific Garden Mission on State Street in Chicago.  It was a place for me to determine if this was what I was going to do for the rest of my life.  It was an exercise in study and proclamation of the Gospel.  While I was excited to go there, I was also quite scared.  We met with Harry Salner who was the director; Mr. Salner prayed before every service with all who were going to be a part of that service.  He prayed fervently for the men to be saved and to follow Jesus.  Then we went out to the platform and before long it was my turn.  I think I was sixteen years old.  As I walked up to the pulpit and realized that hundreds of men had preached from it I read the brass plate on the pulpit which only the speaker could read.  It said this and it set the tone of my heart from that day forward: “Sirs, we would see Jesus.”

The men in the mission did not need to see young Steve Schroeder nor did they need to see a seasoned preacher, they needed to see Jesus.

When the Greeks came to Phillip, who was an Apostle, they were not impressed with Phillip for they wanted to see Jesus.  How easy it is to get a false self-inflated view of our own importance.  Whether people know us or not may or may not be of significance but if through us people see Jesus that has eternal significance.

Whom are you pointing to Jesus?  At work, do people see you or do they see Jesus in you?  At home, does your family see you or do they see Jesus in you?  In the community, do people see you or do they see Jesus in you?  We are selfish, Christ is selfless.  We are self-exalting, Christ is God exalting, and so on.

As these Greek men wanted to see Jesus so do those around us.  Pray today for someone to see Jesus in you.

Well, last night was a huge blessing and answer to prayer.  Many were concerned about Ben’s leaving having a negative impact on our youth group.  Mike Sell and his fiancé Ashley came last night. Kyle put together a great new game, and the teens unified!  It was wonderful to see God continuing His work amongst us.  Mike stepped up in several ways and drew the teens to himself and pointed them to the Lord.  We are rejoicing in what God has done and thanking Him for continuing His work here. 

Pray for our brothers and sisters both in Christ and in the flesh who are suffering with loss of homes both in California and in Louisiana.  The pain they are facing is immense as is the rebuilding they have to face.  Pray for churches to step up with care and concern and help for these in great need. Pray for the gospel to be freely proclaimed and received.

Have a great day in the Lord,
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