John's Gospel - a new look no 21
Everyone needs to ask this question.
“We would like to see Jesus.”
In Jn. 12:21 John records that some Greeks came to one of the Apostles Phillip asking the question, “we would like to see Jesus.” This is a request that lies in the heart of every person. If Jesus is who he claimed to be; the Son of the God who created us, then within our soul lies this same need.
Jesus claimed to come to reveal the Father and also bring us the abundant life. (John 10:10) So many people are prepared to settle for less. John’s stated aim of his Gospel is that “these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and believing may have life in his name.” (John 20:31)
The need “to see Jesus” calls us to belief and this leads to salvation and to eternal life. This is what Christianity is all about. In the same chapter (John 12:47) John quotes Jesus as saying that “I came not to judge the world but to save it.” He then goes on to say that the words he has spoken will condemn those who rejected him on the last days. (John 12:47)
It is better to “see Jesus” now as savior, than see him as judge, when he comes again.