By Pastor Segun Doherty
Bible Passage: John 12: 20-26
“Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”” – John 12:21
After the triumphant entry (that which we celebrate on Palm Sunday), some Grecians sought to see Jesus. Children of God, time is running fast, Jesus will soon come. We are in an era where the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ is almost everywhere through the internet and social media platforms. So, there’s no excuse for any believer to say “I didn’t hear”. Jesus wants to have us with Him in heaven (John 14:1). You should be excited that He is coming for you and me. Nowadays, many believers are not getting ready for their eternal home. Many people desire an invitation from Buckingham Palace to meet the queen but beyond Buckingham Palace is the presence of God.
What is your purpose for coming to church? Many come to church to socialize, some to do business, solicit for help and some to use the church. Whatever your motive, are you here to see Jesus? Those Grecians came to the Passover feast with one singular reason, one motive and one purpose, to see Jesus. My belief is that they must have heard about the various miracles Jesus performed, they must have heard about the healing power of God but they didn’t allow that to move them; they were desirous to see Him. The Grecians believed Jesus carried something unique and that He had solution to their problems. Many in churches today don’t get answers to prayers because their reason for being church isn’t to see Jesus. You can’t seek Jesus wholeheartedly and your situation remains the same. If you are a persistent seeker of God, He must but be glorified in what you are going through (Zechariah 4:7, John 12:23).
Benefits to those who seek and meet with Jesus
- Every seeker will find Jesus provided you seek Him truthfully. When you seek Jesus, your life can not remain the same. (Proverbs 8:17)
- Those that seek Him experience divine encounter. They always experience a change of story. Blind Bartimaeus met Him, he came as a blind person but he left seeing; the leper met Him and his leprosy was cleansed; the woman with the issue of blood came and went home fully restored. (Matthew 8:1-3, 2 Corinthians 3:18)
- They experience real peace. Knowing that He is with you, He gives you eternal peace; nothing can go wrong when God is with you. (John 14:27, Psalm 46:1-3)
- They never lack anything good. (Psalms 34:10)
- They have their weakness replaced with His strength. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
How do you Seek Him?
- Seek Him diligently (Hebrews 11:6)
- Seek him early (Ecclesiastes 12, Psalms 63:1-2)
- Seek Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23)
- Seek Him despite your weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9)
- Seek Him decisively and purposefully (Joshua 24:15)
- Seek Him wholeheartedly. Let your motive be centered on Him. (Mark 10:46-52)
- Seek Him by winning souls (Matthew 24:14, Luke 12:37)
- Seek Him in holiness. Love what he loves, hate what he hates (Hebrews 12:14)
If you are yet to surrender your life to Jesus, it is crucial that you do that as without that you cannot see Him.