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Daily Reading: 8th March 2015

John 12.20-22 cont.

20 Now there were some Greeks amongst those going up so that they might worship in the feast.

21 These men then came to Philip, the one from Bethsaida in Galilee, and they asked him, saying: “Sir, we want to see Jesus.”.

22 Philip came to Andrew and told him; Andrew and Philip went to Jesus and told Him.

The desire to worship is a deep seated aspiration within every human being.

From the creation of Adam and Eve men and women have always been drawn to some kind of worship.

The word worship literally means to kiss the ground. There are some ancient Egyptian reliefs that show worshippers with outstretched hands throwing a kiss.

Worship is to fall down on the knees before someone who is superior in an act of obeisance.

Throughout history there have been all kinds of worshippers, and a multitude of gods devised to worship. All but our Heavenly Father are false gods that have been made by the hands of the worshipper.

The Psalmist describes the futility of worshipping man made gods:

[3] For our God is in the heavens, and He does as He wishes.

[4] Their idols are merely things of silver and gold, shaped by human hands.

[5] They cannot talk, though they have mouths, or see, though they have eyes!

[6] They cannot hear with their ears, or smell with their noses,

[7] or feel with their hands, or walk with their feet, or utter sounds with their throats!

[8] And those who make them are just like them, as are all who trust in them – Psalm 115.3-8 (NLT).

Paul discovered that Athens was a place where there were many gods.

Even an atheist wants to worship something or someone. It may be an ideology, or his atheism.

The Greeks had come to Jerusalem because they wanted to worship Almighty God.

How far will we go to worship? The answer to that is in another question: How great is our desire to worship our Heavenly Father?

The greater our desire to worship Him and our Lord Jesus Christ, then the further we will go to worship.

Genuine worshippers always look to see Jesus.

Jesus tells us the kind of worshippers that the Father wants:

23 But the time is coming and has arrived when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is looking for such as these to worship Him

24 God is spirit, and those worshipping must worship in spirit and truth – John 4.23-24.

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