We Wish To See Jesus
Sir, we wish to see Jesus. (John 12:21)
I think of this verse often. I daresay it's one upon which every pastor should reflect before he steps into the pulpit on Sunday morning. Show the people Jesus, not themselves, not you, not the worries of the world, but Jesus. Nothing else matters.
In fact, I daresay this is a verse upon which every Christian should regularly reflect.
We might sit and ponder our woes and worries, but, even if done with the sincerest of piety, such reflection is worthless if we do not seek Jesus so that we might find our rest in Him.
We may writhe and mourn over our sin, wracked with guilt and a desire to change, but such sentiments will be short-lived if not practiced in light of the righteousness and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
We may speak of our wretchedness, appearing on the outside to be a truly pious character, but we do this in selfishness, pointing to ourselves, if thoughts and speech of our own shortfalls fall from our lips more than do the glories of Christ.
And so we must be cognizant that we are looking to Jesus, and we must be deliberate to point others to Him.
The Savior of the world is not hiding. Our great God and Father gave us His Word so that we may know the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. From Genesis to Revelation, the 66 books of the canon point the reader to Christ. Do you wish to see Jesus? He can be found in His Word.
The truths of our Lord are found in the pages of Scripture, not in subjective dreams, visions, voices, or nudges. They are available to all men and women, of all backgrounds and times. The saving knowledge of Christ is not reserved for a gnostic few, but has been offered to the world.
True, only a few will respond to this truth. Only a few are recipients of saving faith in Christ and repentance of sins. The rest relish their sin—and hate their Creator—far too much.
Still, we are to point people to Jesus. Only His Holy Spirit can bring a soul to salvation, but we are to be faithful in our commission to make Him known.