The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (C)
“Sir, We Would See Jesus”
July 28, 2019
Sermon Text: Colossians 2:6–19
Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Dearly Beloved of the Lord,
On the day of my installation as pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lockport, Illinois, the Reverend William Royer, regional vice present of the Northern Illinois District, gave me a little plaque to go in the pulpit to remind me what being here is all about… what preaching is all about… here in God’s House… here in this sanctuary.
Inscribed on the plaque was the Scripture passage, “Sir, we would see Jesus” … in other words… “we want to see Jesus.” It is what the Apostle John records as what was said by some Greeks who came to Philip with this request… their sincere request. (John 12:21)
They were only interested in one thing… they came to Philip for one thing… to see Jesus… hear Jesus… know Jesus… because He… Jesus… is the only Person who counts. The only thing in all of life that counts.
And this is true for all time, certainly our time, certainly every day since that day when a much younger version of myself stepped into the pulpit at the start of Holy Week no less, in 1994.