We Wish to See Jesus













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Exposing Lies


We Wish to see Jesus

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." John 12:24

 "Master?" said Andrew. "Yes, Andrew, what is it?" answered Jesus. "There are some Greeks who fear God, here to keep the Feast and have said that they wished to see You. They are outside waiting, what shall I tell them?" said Andrew. "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified." said the Lord. Puzzled by this answer,

Andrew looked to Philip for help, "Yes Lord, may you be glorified, but the Greeks are waiting for You, what shall we tell them?" said Philip. "Philip, truly I tell you that unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies it cannot bear fruit. And he who loves his life loses it, but he who hates his life in this world will have eternal life. If anyone wishes to serve Me, he must follow Me, and where I am, there My servant will be. But now My soul is troubled. But I cannot ask the Father to save Me since it was for this very reason that I have come into the world." said Jesus.

 When you continue to read through this chapter you see that there is no record of Jesus going to meet these men who wished to see Him. Surely His response puzzled and confused His disciples, and at first glance His answers do seem strange and unrelated. Some probably thought Jesus had acted rudely, while others may have surmised that since He had not been sent to the Gentiles but to the Israelites He was only fulfilling His ministry. But when we look more closely we see that there is much more to the story and that His answers were prophetic.

 Of all the nations of the earth God had chosen Israel alone to be His holy people. The Gentiles were strangers to the Covenants and cut off from the promises. The eternal promises in Abraham’s Covenant come only through the Holy, Chosen and Promised Seed, which is Jesus Himself. -"The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his Seed. He does not say, ‘And to seeds’ as referring to many, but rather to One, ‘And to your Seed, that is, Christ." (Gal.3)

 Galatians 3 also tells us that the Gospel was preached to Abraham beforehand revealing that the Gentiles would be heirs through the Promised Seed. And notice also, -"It is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the Promise are regarded as descendants." (Rom.9)

 These Greeks wished to "see" Jesus, but to make this possible the Promised Seed must first fall to the earth and die - this was the only way for Him to "bear much fruit."

In fact, the only way that anyone, Gentile or Jew was going to really "see" Jesus was to be born into Him by the Spirit. This is why Jesus told the great Jewish Rabbi Nicodemis that to "see" the Kingdom he must first be born of the Spirit -you see, it wasn’t enough to be born of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, -"The Kingdom of God is not coming with observation; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is’. . .for the Kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17)

 And -"Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. (1 Cor.15) This is not to say that there will be no literal Kingdom, but to emphasize that the King Himself must live in us by the Spirit if we are to truly "see" Him. His words to His disciples prophesied that the Gentiles would"see" Him after He laid down His life for them and raised them up in Himself.





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