[The Greeks who had come to celebrate the Passover in Jerusalem] came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” – John 12:21

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The Greeks had traveled hundreds of miles. It had taken them possibly a week or so of their life to get to Jerusalem. As they are from Greece and on this great pilgrimage, it might be their only time to be in Jerusalem. After hearing about Jesus, they also believe this might be the only time they will get to see Jesus. The world is a large place. While there has recently been talk of a hyperloop system, currently it takes a long time to get from point A to point B. Even with the jet engine, high-speed rail, and interstate highways, it is an ordeal to travel across the North American continent. It is little surprise that these Greeks humbly asked Philip to see Jesus while they are in town.

 

But the statement of these Greeks, “We wish to see Jesus,” is still a request people have today, even if they haven’t traveled hundreds of miles. Carved into the pulpit of a nearby congregation is this very line: We wish to see Jesus. I know that, for myself, when I go to worship on Sunday, I want to see Jesus. Here’s the thing, Jesus promised that wherever two or more are gathered in his name, he is there too. This means that we do not need to travel hundreds of miles just for a chance to see Jesus, the Lord of the Universe, all we need to do is find a group of people who have gathered in his name!

 

God continue to be with you,
Yours in Christ, Pastor Paul+