Beyond Religious Obligations

Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” (NIV) John 12:20-21

The Jews commemorate their liberation from slavery with the Passover but never failed to appreciate their Deliverer with worship at the feast. As God continues to satisfy us with His benefits, let us endeavour to honour Him always with our worship, the essence of salvation and the  fulfilment of the duty of man to God.

Ignorance about the person of Jesus and perhaps the dazzling activities at the feast might have deterred many Jews from seeking Jesus. However, the Greeks among the worshipers held Him in their hearts above rituals. Religious activities, as attractive as they might look, cannot satisfy the desires of our souls. I pray that the Lord will increase our cravings for Him like those Greeks whose hearts panted for the Master.

Philip and Andrew played crucial roles in the salvation of those Greeks (Jn 12:22). They worked hand in hand until the longing of the true seekers was satisfied. God desires all men to come to His knowledge through His Son. I therefore pray that He multiplies among us disciples like Philip and Andrew that will neither draw attention to themselves nor relent until the Helpless encounter their Creator.

Beloved, it is for our admonition that the account of those Greeks made it into the highly valued pages of the Bible. Their testimonies are far beyond religious obligations. They sought the Lord and found Him in the midst of multitude, defiant to the attractions at the feast. This is my prayer for you: When the account of this generation is given, may your work be found worthy, unlike many activities at the feast that were neither remembered nor documented in the book of life.

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