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We want to see Jesus. (Top of Mind Monday)

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. Jesus replied to them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains by itself. But if it dies, it produces much fruit. (John 12:20-24, CSB)

These Greeks make a request that many of us cry out at our heart level: We want to see Jesus. We want to know this man who is God. Who can save us and instill hope in us that lasts beyond the things of this life.

But Jesus' response is curious. He talks about what's coming: the cross. His death that will produce much fruit in God's kingdom. His death that will make a way for many others to be in God's kingdom. Our opportunity to truly see Jesus is by looking at the cross.

This Monday, I'm thinking about that as we begin holy week.

I want our church to see Jesus.

I want our neighbors to see Jesus.

I want the nations to see Jesus.

Friday, we'll look to the cross during a night of worship that begins at 6 pm.

Saturday, we'll invite neighbors to come hunt eggs that are filled with the hope of resurrection (And candy of course ;) ) at 11 am.

Sunday, we'll celebrate what changes in our life when we see Jesus at 10 am.

Jesus, we want to see you. Amen.


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