Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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LOOKING UP • JOE BAISDEN | You can be Jesus to someone today


Years ago, while conducting a revival meeting in a distant city, I stepped into the pulpit and was confronted by a little handmade sign with a most provocative appeal.  The sign read:  “Sir, we would see Jesus.”
I recognized the quote from John 12:21, where some Greeks came to Philip with that request.  But that morning, the request was of me, and there was incredible pressure to make sure that Jesus was indeed made visible in the words of my lesson.
“We would see Jesus” is a most appropriate request of a preacher about to deliver a lesson, but it is also a most appropriate request of any Christian.  Will Jesus be seen in your life and mine as we make our way through the hours of any given day?


Perhaps the most shockingly distinct Christ-like quality of character is the love He had for everyone.  James Stalker writes of Jesus:  “His love to men . . . completely swallowed up self-love, filled Him with boundless pity for human misery, and enabled Him to go forward without once looking back in the undertaking to which he had devoted himself . . . All human distinctions disappeared . . . men of every class were only men to Him.”
Through the years it has been the loving of the unlovely and the caring for those held in contempt by others that has often brought into focus the Man of Galilee in someone we observe.  When the natural inclination to “walk by on the other side” is overcome by a risky approach to the world’s wounded, Jesus seems to come into our view.  When someone takes an exit from the popular freeway of self-indulgence in order to travel some arduous service road others avoid, Jesus seems to tread the city’s streets again.
At the end of a visit with a friend one day, he turned to me and said, “You have been Jesus to me today.”
I was shocked by his words.  They made me a little nervous.  I knew that he was not suggesting that I had some kind of phony Messiah complex, but the thought of “being Jesus to someone” still made me uncomfortable.
With further contemplation, I came to believe those words to be the highest compliment one person can pay another.  What finer words can be said to someone than:  “I have seen Jesus in your life and words—Jesus indeed ministered to me today through you.
 “Sir, we would see Jesus.”
Oh, how our world needs to see Jesus today!
In order for Jesus to be seen in us, He must truly be in us.  He must be ruling and reigning in our lives and shaping our character and conduct.  He will be seen in me when I, like the Apostle Paul, “have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20).
 “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” – Col. 1:27