We Want to See Jesus

First week of the second quarter done!  The main low for the week was that it was possibly more work than we’ve had thus far (is that true?) studying the book of John, but my brain’s inability to engage and work quickly was disappointing to the extreme.
This last year I have learned a lot about how to push myself beyond what I think (thought) I can do but this last week really threw me. So I worked steadily and did not give up, but I also did not finish charting the whole book.

That’s a little sad considering that the book of John is so amazing but here is the high for the week.

God kept showing up. What I saw most clearly in this book is Jesus Himself. I saw him exhausted as he sits by a well in Samaria. When the woman shows up, a sparkle enters his eyes as he knows he will get to reveal himself a bit to her. Then the disciples show up, confused that he’s talking to a Samaritan woman and when she leaves to go tell the people in her village Jesus is awash with excitement- exhaustion forgotten, hunger extinguished- he joyfully anticipates all the people who are about to show up and encounter their Lord….

I see him so disturbed by the Pharisees and their obsession with peripheral Sabbath rules that he does things that he knows will offend them. The blind man? Jesus could have healed him without making mud to put on the guys eyes. The man at the pool of Siloam? Jesus tells him to pick up his mat and walk -this also is, apparently against the “extra” Sabbath rules.  I say extra because all of those rules were really not what God had in mind when he created the Sabbath.

At any rate, this Jesus I see in John is dogged in his desire for people to really see God, to really know Him. They rarely do… even his disciples have a hard time seeing Him and they spend day after day with him for several years.

What I want most is to see Him.

In the morning before I start my school work, I hang out with God for a little while and recently I’ve been reading a little book called  A Beautiful Way. It perfectly complimented how I was meeting Jesus in the book of John. I copied down one question the book asks in my journal and I feel like it’s a good reminder/motivator for the beginning of this new quarter of school.

“Do we really believe that there is nothing more valuable or pleasurable in this life than knowing God?”
(pg 47 A Beautiful Way by Dan Baumann)

If you don’t know him, it’s understandable that you would answer this question with a ‘no’, but if you do know him and you answer ‘no’, what is on your list of things that are better? I challenge you to ask God to reveal to you how he truly is better than anything you can list. Then… let me know what happens 🙂

Peter said to Jesus, after many disciples left Him “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life and we have believed and have come to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
Amen, Peter, amen.

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