“We would see Jesus,” the men said to Philip of Galilee.
This has long been the desire of many persons over these hundreds of years. There are those who do not actively look to see Jesus, but the inner heart of us does desire to see One Who can make the pains go away and heal the diseases and correct the injustices of man’s hearts by changing them into loving and forgiving hearts that show love and respect for all mankind and for all of creation. Yes! We would see Jesus!
After Jesus had been crucified the women had gone to the tomb where Jesus was laid, they expected to see the body of a lifeless Jesus. They were there to show their love and respect and to continue the process of preserving His form, though lifeless it was; what a surprise they experienced. It was awesome and fearful. They did not find Jesus but rather they saw an Angel who told them to go tell the hiding and grieving Disciples of Jesus that they must go to Galilee and there they would see Jesus.
While they were in the process of going to tell the Disciples the message of the Angel, Jesus met them. They fell at His feet and worshipped Him. We can imagine what an experience that was for them. They had found a living, walking, talking Jesus that they could touch and hear when they had thought to find only a lifeless form of Him.
One could wonder, “Why it was necessary for the Disciples to go to Galilee?” Why could not Jesus go where they were and appear to them at that place? We could also ask the question, “Why did the women see Jesus before His Disciples, His personally handpicked key persons, saw Him?”
To these questions there is only one possible and obvious answer: Jesus appears to those who are looking for Him.
We may note that Jesus invites, even commands, the Disciples to go to Galilee, but they would have to make the effort to go there.
Too often we think only of the physical journeys that we take and the physical things that we do that are intended to express our association with Jesus. While it is true that our spiritual engagements are reflected in our physical activities, the search is in our hearts and in our own spirits.
The search and the experience are internal; and that is not to say that it will never be external, for many report “seeing the living Jesus” even today! They were however, searching from the internal part of themselves before the external was experienced.
The next logical question for us in this scenario is, “Where is Galilee for me?” Where is that place where I may see Jesus?
How do we search for anything? We look first in the places where we think the thing may be found. Too often we go to Church and expect that there we will find the lifeless form of Jesus, to which we have come to add the preserving spices of our presence. Many times He is found there because, even as the women had come to the tomb to show their love and respect for His lifeless form; they however found Him to be living and walking and talking, communicating to them.
I have recently heard the testimonies of persons of other Religions, who were knelling in prayer to “their” god but thinking to be speaking to “Creator God,” for that was their real intention, Jesus has appeared to them making Himself known to them as a living, walking and talking Jesus.
We often view the historical record of Jesus, of His activities on Earth as a Man, and of His activities as God, to be old, antiquated, and irrelevant to our current time. Jesus reveals Himself to us as we read the Bible. Our Bible is always up to date for our spirit man; that is the real world anyway.
Where is my Galilee? Perhaps it could be just at the Place of Honest Desire, that place to which we come to show that we want to see Him.
I believe that Jesus can be found by us at any place we are physically positioned at any time, the requisite is that we honestly desire to see Him and to know Him, falling at His feet and worshipping Him as the living God that He is in fact, doing what He asks of us to do, which is to receive Him as The One Who can save us for a glorious eternity, forever to live in His Presence, to walk and to talk with Him; the Living God.
Interestingly, I have found that the word “Galilee” is a word meaning “circuit” or “circle.” It suggests to me the thought of repentance; that act of going back to the place from which we originated. We received our life, our spirit, from God. We must take our spirits back to the place of our beginning and there reunite with our Source. It is there that we will “see” Him.
Blue Letter Bible, Strong’s Concordance