“Sir, We Want To See Jesus”

We are living in a time when many people are interested in spirituality but not interested in church. This is not intended to be critical of the church, I’m just repeating what I’ve read. More and more people are not attending a church. But, they are interested in Jesus.
In John’s gospel, the Bible says it was the time of the year for the Passover. Some Greeks had come to Jerusalem for the Passover. They approached Philip and said, “Sir, we want to meet Jesus” (John 12:21).
People are still saying that today. They may not be literally saying, “I want to see Jesus” but people are interested in Jesus. Researchers say that they have found lots of interest in Jesus but not much interest in the church.
Jesus was loving.
Jesus was kind.
Jesus was forgiving.
Jesus had divine wisdom.
In January of 2016, Holli and I went to Israel. One night we stayed close to the Sea of Galilee. The next morning, I stood on the balcony of our hotel room and looked toward the Sea of Galilee. As I did, I envisioned Jesus, two-thousand-years ago, talking to His disciples there.
I could hear Jesus telling them to love others and care for others. I could hear Jesus saying that God loves all of us and that we must be forgiving. Then, I fast-forwarded the tape to today.
I doubt seriously that today’s religious climate is what our Lord would have wanted. Obviously, this is just my opinion. Today we have… who knows how many denominations? Today, we have numerous churches that have started due to a split with another church.
This world wants to… needs to… see Jesus. They aren’t interested in a church squabble or someone arguing over doctrinal differences. They want to see Jesus and, my Christian friend, we are the only Jesus some will ever see.

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