Lenten Calisthenics

Friday, March 23--John 12:20-23

Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. "Sir," they said, "we would like to see Jesus."

Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.

Jesus replied, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified."

Move around in the text. Lenten calisthenics.

Be the Greek (the Gentile). But it is not just me, alone. Its us. Somehow that's less scary. The Greeks--We--have come to a place where we are the outsiders and to a religious festival to which we have no claim. 
We came for business, or was it worship? Along the way we have been over-hearing stories. The buzz is Jesus this and Jesus that. Some say is raised Lazarus from the dead.

J.E.S.U.S--"Let's add him to our must see list."

We must be adept observers because we figured out in that sea of pilgrims and locals that Philip knows Jesus; saw him at the Parade. So, we asked, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus."

Move around in the text.

They just asked me, Philip, to see Jesus. I just don't know! What if they are spies? What if they are working for the Romans or the Pharisees?

"I'm a fisherman. I'm a fisherman. I'm a fisherman. Not a profiler."

I'd like to see Jesus, too. He's so busy all of the time.

Andrew will know if this is a good idea.

Move around in the text.

"It's good to be cautious, Philip." Let's go see Jesus and see what he has to say. He'll listen. He can get a read on them.

I hope he just goes out to meet them. Gives them one of those friendly greetings like we get in the narthex before worship. "Hi, Great to see you. My name is Jesus. Where are you from? What part of our ministry here do you see yourself most drawn to?

Philip pats me on the shoulder, "Don't hold you breathe."

"Jesus, these Gentiles wish to see you."

Move around in the text.

"Times up." Jesus says."Time for me to be glorified, boys."

Now, move the text the around:
"We wish to see, Jesus."

Jesus continues to get Philip and Andrew to see, to understand, what is going to happen. He even gets to a quote from Isaiah--"Their eyes are blinded..."

Reflection: Turns out after all these years, it is still a prayer that we should pray and the desire that should drive our journey. My preaching professor said that in a pulpit where he preached, a plaque read: "We would see you, Lord."

Get up and move around in the text during these last days of Lent because when we get to Maundy Thursday, there will be many parts we'd rather not play, and many moves we'd rather not make.

Rev. Ashley




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