Many Meanings


August 1, 2014

Many Meanings ~ Anthony B. Robinson

Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast. They came to Philip with a request, “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” From John 12:20-33 NIV

At Jesus Birth Gentiles, magi, came seeking him. Now, as a kind of bookend, Greek s—Gentiles – came once more just before Jesus’ death, also seeking him. “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” What powerful words!

Their words have more than one meaning. On a literal level, they request an audience, an appointment, a little time with Jesus On another level, “We would like to see Jesus,” is to say we want to become disciples of Jesus. We want to see and follow him. And at an even deeper level, they are saying we want to have a spiritual blindness healed and truly to see.

Perhaps not in so grand a way as this, but many of our words and conversations too have layers and levels of meaning. There’s a literal level. But often there’s more, much more. Do you listen for the “song beneath the words” in the words or requests of others? Do you listen to the longing that our own words as well as the words of others to us, both hid and reveal? Have you experienced being heard, deeply and truly, by another human being? It’s an incredible experience. When it happens, it feels holy. We feel that we have been in God’s presence, that in some way we have seen and been seen by Jesus himself.

PRAYER: Okay, Lord Jesus, two ears, one mouth. Now I get it, listen twice as much as you speak. Help me hear, really hear, someone today. Amen

 Taken from the United Church of Christ devotional, God Is Still Speaking: 365 Daily Devotionals, ed. Christina Villa (Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 2013), 227.