we would see Jesus

Morning light The Advent time is a season of waiting and hoping and loving. This time of the year, we are drawn towards those flickers of light around us — all the candles, fairy lights, Christmas trees and decorations. Yet at the same time, the busyness of the season easily seeps in and takes our eyes off the light to the darkness surrounding us.

When we are in the midst of the season that points us towards Love and Hope, we are also aware of our broken hearts bleeding grief and pain, of our lonely, unnoticed souls aching dull. In this season that should be marked with joy and gladness, we might rather be walking with our knees shaking and tears barely held inside. Some days, the hardships push us over and we are free falling into depths unknown — falling into fear and it feels impossible to break free.

“All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and  the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:3-5)

These mornings, I sit with my hands wrapped around a cup of coffee, watching the lights bring hope to the morning that is yet to see sunlight and here, I am finally getting it — this season, why it always changes everything. Why grace always changes everything.

Because those Greeks who came to worship at the feast in John 12, they knew the way: coming to meet Jesus and asking, the groundbreaking request — “We wish to see Jesus.”

See — that is the way for us who are trying to stumble onwards.To come, to meet with Jesus right here and the one request we know He wants to answer — “I wish to see Jesus.” Because He will be found when we seek Him. That is our way to Christmas, the way to seeing the Hope of this season. Our Savior who humbled Himself to be the God With Us, who walked the broken road to the cross because this is the promise that we have: eternal life with Him.

“And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.” (1 John 2:25)

I keep reading and re-reading this beautiful hymn, “We Would See Jesus” by Anna B. Warner. These words, they keep filling my heart with grace and the wonder that is Jesus. Oh, that we would see Jesus because it is so true: He is all we need.

We Would See Jesus, by Anna B. Warner

We would see Jesus; for the shadows lengthen
Across this little landscape of our life;
We would see Jesus, our weak faith to strengthen
For the last weariness, the final strife.

We would see Jesus, the great rock foundation
Whereon our feet were set with sovereign grace;
Nor life nor death, with all their agitation,
Can thence remove us, if we see His face.

We would see Jesus; other lights are paling,
Which for long years we have rejoiced to see;
The blessings of our pilgrimage are failing;
We would not mourn them, for we go to Thee.

We would see Jesus; yet the spirit lingers
Round the dear objects it has loved so long,
And earth from earth can scarce unclasp its fingers;
Our love to Thee makes not this love less strong.

We would see Jesus: sense is all too binding,
And heaven appears too dim, too far away;
We would see Thee, Thyself our hearts reminding
What Thou hast suffered, our great debt to pay.

We would see Jesus: this is all we’re needing;
Strength, joy, and willingness come with the sight;
We would see Jesus, dying, risen, pleading;
Then welcome day, and farewell mortal night.

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  • Nicki Schroeder

    Such a beautiful post Ronja. And a great reminder that the giver of life is abundantly overflowing with a light (Jesus) we so desperately need in this world. What a wonderful and heartfelt outlook on the advent season. Blessings!

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much, Nicki! What a blessing it is that you stopped by. :) God bless you!

  • Nicki Schroeder

    Such a beautiful post Ronja. And a great reminder that the giver of life is abundantly overflowing with a light (Jesus) we so desperately need in this world. What a wonderful and heartfelt outlook on the advent season. Blessings!

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much, Nicki! What a blessing it is that you stopped by. :) God bless you!

  • joanneviola

    Beautiful post. The truth that spoke to me deeply >>> "We would see Jesus: this is all we’re needing". Blessings!

    • Ronja

      Thank you, Joanne! That is the truth that keeps speaking to me this Advent as well. Blessings! :)

  • joanneviola

    Beautiful post. The truth that spoke to me deeply >>> "We would see Jesus: this is all we’re needing". Blessings!

    • Ronja

      Thank you, Joanne! That is the truth that keeps speaking to me this Advent as well. Blessings! :)

  • Abby

    Beautiful post. You are so right. It is easy to get wrapped up in the hurry and bustle of the season but he is all we need, and his grace is sufficient. Those are some of my favorite verses you quoted in your post. Thanks for reminding us what is truly important.

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for these sweet words, Abby! It doesn't cease to amaze me, how His grace really is sufficient for every day for every one of us. He sure is so good to us! Blessings!

  • Abby

    Beautiful post. You are so right. It is easy to get wrapped up in the hurry and bustle of the season but he is all we need, and his grace is sufficient. Those are some of my favorite verses you quoted in your post. Thanks for reminding us what is truly important.

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for these sweet words, Abby! It doesn't cease to amaze me, how His grace really is sufficient for every day for every one of us. He sure is so good to us! Blessings!

  • In every day and every situation I want to see Jesus - thank you for sharing

    • Ronja

      Amen! What a beautiful heart you have, Tania, wanting to see Jesus in everything! What a great promise and grace it is that we have in Him -- that He is the God with us. Thank you for your visit, Tania!

  • In every day and every situation I want to see Jesus - thank you for sharing

    • Ronja

      Amen! What a beautiful heart you have, Tania, wanting to see Jesus in everything! What a great promise and grace it is that we have in Him -- that He is the God with us. Thank you for your visit, Tania!

  • hopeful50

    My sister and cousin visited a family friend today in the hospital. My sister asked her if she would like to know Jesus - with a pure heart she received Him. For the first time in 67 years, this friend saw Jesus with eyes brimming and heart anew. xo

    • Ronja

      Praise the Lord! What a blessing and a blessed moment to experience, too! Thank you for your visit, Susan!

  • hopeful50

    My sister and cousin visited a family friend today in the hospital. My sister asked her if she would like to know Jesus - with a pure heart she received Him. For the first time in 67 years, this friend saw Jesus with eyes brimming and heart anew. xo

    • Ronja

      Praise the Lord! What a blessing and a blessed moment to experience, too! Thank you for your visit, Susan!

  • Tiffany @ simplyforone

    Hi...just visiting from #tellhisstory. Your words today were lovely and my heart joins with yours - "grace changes everything". I have never been more aware of it personally as well as how much it is needed around us - for the hurting and lost who are longing for safety and the grace that binds up all those wounds. The hymn was so beautiful too - thank you for sharing. Blessings to you!

    • Ronja

      Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement, Tiffany! It really does sound like you are here with me when it comes to grace -- because truly, I keep seeing my need for grace more and more. But grace is also becoming the answer, for the hurting and the confused, for the lost and the broken. Thank you for your visit, Tiffany. What a blessing it is to have you here!

  • Tiffany @ simplyforone

    Hi...just visiting from #tellhisstory. Your words today were lovely and my heart joins with yours - "grace changes everything". I have never been more aware of it personally as well as how much it is needed around us - for the hurting and lost who are longing for safety and the grace that binds up all those wounds. The hymn was so beautiful too - thank you for sharing. Blessings to you!

    • Ronja

      Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement, Tiffany! It really does sound like you are here with me when it comes to grace -- because truly, I keep seeing my need for grace more and more. But grace is also becoming the answer, for the hurting and the confused, for the lost and the broken. Thank you for your visit, Tiffany. What a blessing it is to have you here!

  • Alyssa Marie Thys

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and reminding us to focus during this hectic time of year! Jesus came to be with us in our brokenness! How mind-boggling! And he didn't leave us there in our brokenness, he redeemed us and offered us eternal life! That's reason to rejoice every day of every year for all eternity!

    • Ronja

      You are so right, Alyssa! Just to think of the love towards us in that Jesus redeemed us and offered us eternal life with Him -- that is certainly more than enough reason to rejoice every day!

  • Alyssa Marie Thys

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and reminding us to focus during this hectic time of year! Jesus came to be with us in our brokenness! How mind-boggling! And he didn't leave us there in our brokenness, he redeemed us and offered us eternal life! That's reason to rejoice every day of every year for all eternity!

    • Ronja

      You are so right, Alyssa! Just to think of the love towards us in that Jesus redeemed us and offered us eternal life with Him -- that is certainly more than enough reason to rejoice every day!

  • Sharita ~7DaysTime (@7DaysTime)

    I don't know what it is about Advent this year Ronja, but my heart just stinking aches. I know that a lot of it is the enemy as well as a few storms we are facing, but it seems almost daily I am reminded of how fallen this world is... So grateful that we can see Jesus every moment every day. Thanks for this reminder!

    • Ronja

      I am with you there, Sharita. I'm so thankful that His light shines so bright in the darkness when we look for it, and that He is with us in it all. :)

  • Sharita ~7DaysTime (@7DaysTime)

    I don't know what it is about Advent this year Ronja, but my heart just stinking aches. I know that a lot of it is the enemy as well as a few storms we are facing, but it seems almost daily I am reminded of how fallen this world is... So grateful that we can see Jesus every moment every day. Thanks for this reminder!

    • Ronja

      I am with you there, Sharita. I'm so thankful that His light shines so bright in the darkness when we look for it, and that He is with us in it all. :)

  • Amber

    Thanks for sharing your post on the Shine Blog Hop! I hadn't heard of the hymn you shared before- it's beautiful and captures the real feeling of needing Jesus in our (sometimes broken) lives. Cheers, Amber at OurCharmedLife.net

  • Amber

    Thanks for sharing your post on the Shine Blog Hop! I hadn't heard of the hymn you shared before- it's beautiful and captures the real feeling of needing Jesus in our (sometimes broken) lives. Cheers, Amber at OurCharmedLife.net

  • Brittany at EquippingGodlyWomen.com

    I love old hymns! Not that I don't love modern worship music too, but there is just something so special about the old ones. Thanks for sharing!

    • Ronja

      I know what you mean, Brittany! I certainly love the modern worship music but the old hymns always have such a deep message in them. Thank you for your visit, Brittany! Blessings!

  • Brittany at EquippingGodlyWomen.com

    I love old hymns! Not that I don't love modern worship music too, but there is just something so special about the old ones. Thanks for sharing!

    • Ronja

      I know what you mean, Brittany! I certainly love the modern worship music but the old hymns always have such a deep message in them. Thank you for your visit, Brittany! Blessings!