John 12, It tells us of some of the Greeks that were at the feast to worship and they came to Philip and desired him saying, “We would see Jesus.” We have come here today with a deep consciousness of need, feelings of weariness, and with an understanding that we need our zeal increased; awareness that we need courage in the journey; that we haven’t got enough in ourselves and conscious of the agitation of life and death. But this is all we are needing: we would see Jesus. The answer to every one of our needs is found in our vision of Jesus.
I was thinking today of visions of Jesus that the Lord has brought to my heart and that have brought comfort. It tells in John 7 of Jesus standing on the last great day of the feast and saying, “If any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink. He that believeth on Me as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” That was the only condition Jesus spoke of that day in regard to getting help. He didn’t speak to them about their past greatness but if you are thirsty, come. That’s all you need to have. Haven’t we come with a thirst to see the one who can do all things for us? He spoke about the spirit He would give and that it would be like living water. We were speaking of water pipes and wondering if the flow would be enough to meet the demand. Maybe that’s the feeling of our hearts; conscious of the demands that we are faced with, demands of responsibilities in life; and is the flow going to be great enough to meet these demands.
Jesus said, “Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” Not just a trickle or a stream but a river of living water: rivers of courage, rivers of strength, rivers of peace that flow sweet and pure. There will be all that we need in Jesus and the Lord is going to provide that river. We think of those who are depending on us: young ones leaning on us for strength; older ones who depend on what we can be and do for them. There are demands upon us but when we see Jesus, the provision that He gives is enough to meet the need and the demands.
Another picture in Matthew chapter 5:38, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say unto you that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.” This is a picture of Jesus that gives us a comparison of the attitude and spirit of the human heart and the attitude and spirit of Jesus. So different! When we see Jesus it enables us to live above this human attitude – eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth.
The human in us looks for equalness, fairness, but Jesus is saying life is not equal. Joseph knew that experience, one time the favourite son, then in the prison among the transgressors. And Jesus was there on the cross as if He were a transgressor Himself. “Resist not evil,” Jesus said. Those men that came to Philip and Andrew, and Philip and Andrew both went to Jesus with a message. Isn’t it good when a need is made known? And we make it a matter of prayer: take it to Jesus. Philip told Andrew and he took it to Jesus.
Sometimes when we see unequal things; if we could take it to Jesus, make it a matter of prayer he is the one that will give us the answer. And the answer here in Matthew 5 was: don’t raise your hand, let the Lord do the dealing, let the Lord make known His doctrine: “Whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.” When Martha found it difficult to go the second mile, she needed to see the one who would take away the weariness of heart; take away the consciousness of the unequalness of life – “My sister has left me to serve alone.” The result of that kind of vision was a complaining spirit. When we have a complaining spirit, it makes it hard for those around us to give of their best. But when Martha had seen Jesus, she served in the spirit of true service, new strength, and new joy. Martha was a background for Mary to give her best. We would see Jesus. It’s going to put strength into our lives. It’s going to give us joy when service and willingness are in our hearts. Today we can lift up our hearts to Him because the Lord is wanting us to see His son: may it be our experience.