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Prophetic Revelation: Networking the Nations
Word for the Month: May 2018
Where is Jesus?
Five days before the Passover, Jesus went to Jerusalem and a great multitude of people went out to meet Him with branches of palm trees and crying out: “Hosanna!” Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! The King of Israel!”
Many had gone out to meet Him because they´d heard that He had raised Lazarus from the dead. We read in verse 19 that Jesus´ reputation was such that even the Pharisees had said among themselves: “The world has gone after Him!” And we also read that there were certain Greeks among those going up to worship who had told His disciples that they wanted to see Jesus. They told Philip, then Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn Andrew and Philip told Jesus. We can just picture the scene and how His disciples were feeling. They were very excited. Luke´s Gospel tells us that they had great joy as they realised the greatness of what was happening: The triumphal entry into Jerusalem and not to mention when the Teacher had commanded them to find a colt, loose it and bring it to Him. And if the owners asked them why, they should just say, `because the Lord needs it.` So they let them take it. And now, even a group of Greeks wanted to meet the Teacher. His reputation was growing everywhere. This walk with Jesus was becoming interesting. They felt “important” and they would tell the Teacher so.
But Jesus answered them in v.23: “The hour has come that the Son of man should be glorified.” This sounds like glory, magnificence, power, fame. However, it does’nt seem to be what the Teacher has in mind. He speaks to them about death, denial and hating our life in this world (vs.24-26).
WHERE I AM THERE MY SERVANT WILL BE ALSO.
If we serve Him we must be where He is. So where´s Jesus?
Mt 18:20 – When we are gathered together we are where Jesus is.
Mk 6:31-34 – Despite feeling tired and wanting to retreat, not even having had time to eat, Jesus saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them. And He served them. When we serve others, we are where Jesus is (Mt 28:20).
Lk 22:42 – Doing His Father´s will, despite His suffering ahead, He said: “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from me; nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done.”
He loved the disciples, even when knowing that one of them would betray Him, another would deny Him, and another would not believe Him. He loved His mother and put someone in charge of looking after her after He died. He loved sinners, prostitutes, tax collectors…
He loved all mankind and we are all included – you and I. He gave Himself for all and did so for love. Each time we seek to be where Jesus is, we are in the right place.
Pastor Isabel Montes Gómez,
Iglesia Cristiana Evangélica Manantial de Vida, Seville, Spain