“The same came therefore to Philip saying, Sir, we would see Jesus”, John 12:21 

It is a good thing when someone comes to a servant of God (a real one) requiring to see Jesus. Quite often people are amazed enough to know Moses, Paul or any other and because of that do not request from them to see Jesus – these do not go to the end, as Paul said, “That I may know him”, Phil.3:10.

But, what is there to see in Jesus? What happens if we see Him? We may recall those who believed at the word of the Samaritan woman, who after seeing Jesus for themselves “said unto the woman: Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard Him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world”, John 4:42. What is there in Jesus that so amazes people?

People are touched when something touches them. If someone is touched himself, if the heart becomes full, it speaks. There is something that happens inside any person who looks upon something, for that person turns to resemble whatever he sees. If we look unto the world, we will resemble it in due time. If we read and preach the Bible and look unto the world to live whatever we see, we will resemble someone that is worldly and even so states to be saved. It will attract people to a cheap gospel, if and when that is what people deeply desire after, to turn it possible to serve God and Mammon at the same time.

But, if we see Paul, we will become like a Paul in miniature; if we live with Moses for a long time, we will be as he is soon, but not quite as he. Besides, our minds will convince us that we may be like him and even surpass him, for presumption takes hold upon whatever does not really change us at all. That’s why we find Miriam and Aaron cursed and Miriam became leprous, for they thought they were as Moses was already, Num 12. If you see Jesus you will be like Him, like Moses was before God. But, when you see Moses, you will carry on being yourself, even if you shape up through Bible reading and doctrines Moses has and delights with. You cannot change yourself by changing garments, but by changing for real. If you change, however, garments will too.

If we would be turned into a tenth part of whatever Jesus is as a Person, we will if we really come to see Him. We read that “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God”, Mat 5:8. Jesus has such power, not only to make people believe they look like him and resemble His face, but to work from inside as well as He does from the outside because of the use of natural things that happen in men when they see things. If we see Moses, we will believe to be like him sooner or later, because we so desire to have whatever he has. Then we imitate him, look like him, learn his ways and it will soon enough turn us into double-hearted people which the Lord will spit out of His mouth. We may never forget the words of the Lord concerning the man that was in the feast of the Lord and was thrown out: Jesus said, “And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless”, Mat 22:12.

We may enter the feast of revival, yet without the genuineness of it from inside. But when we see Jesus for real, things happen not only from the outside, but, because Jesus is a inner Being, my deepest soul beholds Him and is changed and shaped in accordance to whatever it beholds from where it beholds. But to behold is little said concerning it all, for people get themselves amazed as they behold. Yet, this is not all there is to it, for Jesus, besides being able of having such an effect upon people which is able to exchange their looks, is also a Recreator from inside. He makes people as they and He look like from then on. They will only look like Him, they will be turned like Him as well - whatever they look like right away. Amen.

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José Mateus