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We Want to See Jesus.

Kailangan Kita, Nasaan ka?
April 5, 2021
Be a Grace-Giver.
April 5, 2021
PITIK-BULAG: We Want to See Jesus.
 
Today is the last Sunday of Lent. As we move closer to the commemoration of the passion and death of Jesus, it is good to ASK FOR THE GRACE WE WANT TO RECEIVE this Holy Week. Our gospel today gives us one of the best prayers in the New Testament, and it came from the mouth of the Greeks – the outcast people: “SIR, WE WANT TO SEE JESUS.” (John 12:20). This simple prayer will help us walk through the Holy Week, as we remember Jesus’ ultimate expression of His love for us – offering His life for our redemption from our sins. To see Jesus in a different perspective during Holy Week will give us a complete understating of who Jesus is. We want to see Jesus, not only in his divine triumphant status as He makes miracles and heals people but in his defeated human nature, but capable of saving people.
 
Our reading is ONE OF THE BEST PRAYERS in the Gospel: “SIR, WE WANT TO SEE JESUS.” (v. 20). This short but powerful prayer will help us walk through this day, as we contemplate the suffering of Jesus on the cross. Through His death and suffering on the cross, we remember Jesus’ ultimate expression of His love for us – offering His life for us. It is the cross that we see God’s ultimate expression of His love for us.
 
When Philip and Andrew accompanied the Greeks to Jesus to know Him more, Jesus gave them this reply: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” (John 20:24).
 
Their request was simply “TO SEE.” But Jesus’ answer was “TO DIE.” Jesus wanted them to see Him in DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE … in a LIFE-DEFINING AND LIFE-GIVING ONE.
 
Usually, when we pray to Jesus, we want to see Him in his full divinity – a bright shining hero, defender of the oppressed, a miracle worker, powerful healer, a God who answers our prayers, and a God of victory.
 
Today, Jesus is introducing himself differently. It is the opposite of our expectations. This coming Holy Week, Jesus wants us to journey with Him into this unpopular and less traveled road known as “KENOSIS” … SELF-EMPTYING OR DYING TO ONESELF. He wants us to see him as FAILING AND DEFEATED GOD. And we don’t like this kind of Jesus.
 
To humbly see THE DEFEATED JESUS is to challenge ourselves to die from our own selfishness and self-centeredness by carrying our crosses. It is easy for us to see and love God when everything is okay, when we have money or when we are healthy or when we have friends in our presence, and when we are well secured in our life. But we tend to lose our faith when things are falling apart. It is hard to see God’s presence in our trials, defeats, and woundedness. We doubt the love of God when humiliated, insulted, betrayed, and left alone. In our dark moments, we are tempted to abandon God. Yet, it only in DYING TO OURSELVES IS THAT WE LIVE – IT IS IN OUR SELF-EMPTYYING THAT WE EXPERIENCE OF OUR SPIRITUAL BIRTHING.
 
In the gospel of Mark, it was ironic that a non-believer Roman officer saw something while Jesus was hanging on the cross. In the midst of humiliation, defeat, and death, he saw something and proclaimed his faith, “Truly, this man was really the Son of God.” (Mark 15:39).
 
Let’s accompany Jesus in His Passion and Death. Let’s not turn away our eyes from Him while he dies helplessly on the cross. Feel his inner struggles in obeying God’s will. Feel His great pain each time he will fall. He was abandoned, betrayed, wounded, humiliated, and insulted. But He willingly carried His cross until death for our salvation .. in the name of love … in the name of following God’s mysterious will.
 
As the Greeks said, “We want to see Jesus.” Do you want to see Him also? But to see him will not be easy. IT WILL MEAN DYING TO OURSELVES, BUT IT WILL SAVE US. (John 12:25).
 
Are you willing to see the other side of Jesus? If you’re ready, then you’re willing to carry your daily cross. But don’t be afraid, resurrection awaits after our dying to ourselves.
 
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March 21, 2021 – 5th Sunday of Lent
Gospel Reading: John 12: 20-33

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