We Would See Jesus

John 12:20-26 (KJV) And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast (of the Passover): [21] The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. [22] Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus. [23] And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. [24] Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. [25] He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. [26] If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor. [27] Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. [28] Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. 29 The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. 30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. 31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. 33 This he said, signifying what death he should die. 34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?

Homosexuality and sexual sin abounds throughout the nation. Bloodshed is exalted and watched as people murder one another before watching and cheering crowds. Life is cheap. Abortion is legalized and the child – a gift from God – is often thrown away by the mother for convenience sake. Prostitution is a major industry, and temples are built where people come to defile themselves and others. False prophets and false religions are not only tolerated, but mandated – and you are considered intolerant if you do not play along. God’s people are mocked, but also required to pay taxes to a government that does ungodly things with the money that is collected.

Darkness abounds. This may sound like I was describing America in 2015, but I was describing the Roman Empire’s condition as our Lord Jesus walked the earth.

French novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr once said “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” God said through King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 :What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun. Can one say about anything, “Look, this is new”? It has already existed in the ages before us.”

That nation – like ours – was rotting from the inside out.

In the midst of this terrible, creeping darkness God sent the brilliant light that is His Son. In the midst of the darkest darkness Jesus came.

Galatians 4:4 (KJV) …. when the fulness of the time was come, GOD SENT FORTH HIS SON …

When Rome was at her worst, God sent Jesus. When Israel was at her least, God sent Jesus. Jesus and the Light that is His Church came into the midst of a piercing darkness and shining brightly outlasted the darkness.

Our Lord Jesus Did Not Come To Be Just Another Politician. On the day that Jesus spoke the words we just read, He came riding into Jerusalem at the Feast of the Passover.

John 12:12-14 (KJV) On the next day much people that were come to the feast of the Passover, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. 14 And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon…

All Israel loved the Feast of the Passover. It was a reminder of another time when Israel was in bondage to another nation. Israel cried out to God, and God raised up Moses, and fantastic and faithful leader.

The people were tired of being in the midst of the depravity. They were tired of bad politicians who did what they could to fill their own pockets, but did nothing to fix the problems. They were tired of people who promised the world but gave an outhouse. They were tired of the godlessness. They WANTED ANOTHER MOSES, ANOTHER LEADER, ANOTHER KING THAT WOULD SAVE THE NATION AND BRING IT BACK TO BETTER TIMES.

When Jesus rode into Israel on the back of a young donkey the crowds were excited!

John 12:15 (KJV) Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.

Isn’t this what was promised in Zechariah 9:9? Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Here comes Jesus. He’s another Moses. He will overthrow Rome.

Jesus would be the Ultimate Politician, the King we have waited for. Like Moses He will bring the plagues on the ungodly, and restore the people of God to their former glory. Like David He would lead Israel to overthrow the enemies of the nation. This is Jesus.

This is the Jesus Who caused the blind to receive their sight. Surely He can blind our enemies.

This is the Jesus Who caused the lame to walk. Cannot He cripple the opposition?

This is the Jesus Who cured lepers. Surely He can inflict debilitating diseases on Rome as Moses did on Egypt.

This is the Jesus Who gave hearing to the deaf. Surely when He speaks, the ungodly will quaver.

This is the Jesus Who raised people from the dead. Do you remember the time when the ruler of the Synagogue came to Jesus, begging Him to raise his daughter from the dead? Jesus walked in and said “The young girl is not dead – only sleeping.” Taking her by the hand he utters but two words in Aramaic – “Talitha Cumi” or “Maiden, arise!”. That young girl sat up and rose up, all at the call of Christ. But more recently Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.

John 12:9 (KJV) Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came NOT FOR JESUS’ SAKE ONLY, but that they MIGHT SEE LAZARUS ALSO, WHOM HE HAD RAISED FROM THE DEAD.

If Jesus could raise Lazarus from the dead by just crying out “Lazarus, Come Forth!”, then what an army we could have. We could fight the enemy following King Jesus. No one, no nation, no body could stand in our way!

Oh, how excited the people were!
Here is a BETTER King than Herod,
a BETTER Man than Pilate!
A MUCH BETTER man than Caesar!
Let’s make Him King!

Mark 11:9-10 …. they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: [10] Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.

The crowds tried to make Jesus Christ their King

Jesus took five barley loaves and two small fishes (John 6:9), A CHILD’S LUNCH, and turned it into enough food to feed five thousand (that’s a 5 with three zeros – 5000) men.

Taking the little biscuits, the Bread of Life multiplied. Taking the little fishes, the Master Fisher of Men multiplied.

Their bellies filled the Bible tells us that …

John 6:15 (KJV) When Jesus therefore PERCEIVED THAT THEY WOULD COME AND TAKE HIM BY FORCE, TO MAKE HIM A KING, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.

Jesus did not come to be “A King”, another in a long line of politicians. The Pharisees were beside themselves at Jesus’ popularity. They said:

John 12:19 (KJV) The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? BEHOLD, THE WORLD IS GONE AFTER HIM.

“The whole world was gone after Jesus”. He was the preferred King, the preferred Candidate. The WHOLE WORLD wanted Jesus to be the next earthly King. The Greek dignitaries came to Philip saying ….

John 12:21 (KJV)… Sir, we would see Jesus.

They wanted an appointment witrh another politician, another leader, another King. Jesus is King of Heaven, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. But this is not why He came.
2 Jesus Came To Be The Savior Of All Who Believe, The Redeemer Of The Fallen Heart.

In response to the Greek’s request we read:

John 12:22-23 (KJV) Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus. 23 and Jesus answered them saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man SHOULD BE GLORIFIED. …

How was Jesus going to be glorified?

He wasn’t going to be glorified a ticker tape parade, riding a stretch limousine while the crowds cheered. He was going to be glorified by doing what God His Father sent Him to do. Jesus was going to go to the Cross.

John 12:24 (KJV) Verily, verily, {AMEN-AMEN} I say unto you, Except a {grain} of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

Jesus Christ had come – not to cling to this life, but to “fall into the ground and die”. John said of Jesus:

Behold, the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world!

How would Jesus “take away the sin of the world”? He would come from Heaven as the Son of God, but go to the Cross as the Son of Man.

The reason why Rome was the way Rome was and America is the way America is – is because of the human heart. The wayward and Christless human heart is the source of most of the bad in the world. The Devil led Adam’s heart away from God – but Adam freely chose the path he took.

The Bible declares …

Jeremiah 17:9-10 (KJV) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

Our Lord Jesus preached:

Mark 7:20-23 (ESV) …. What comes out of a person is what defiles him. [21] For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, [22] coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. [23] All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.

The problem is INWARD, and that moves OUTWARD. The reason our society is so uncivil and ungodly is because what you see is the fruit of the darkened heart. If the tree is corrupt, the fruit is corrupt.

We are all born with broken hearts, prone to sin. Before going to Church with grandma, the little SIX year old child was warned to be quiet during the services. The child asked “Why Grandma?” Grandma said “Because it is God’s house and we need to pay attention to God’s Word. The Lord wants us to sit and hear what He has said”. The little girl said, “But Grandpa talks! He talks so loud everybody can hear him, so why can’t I talk?” Grandma told her, “Darling, he talks because he’s the preacher, and he’s preaching God’s Word.”

We all need to vote, and vote in a prayerful and godly manner. But Beloved, we could put the best person we know in the White House – right now – and NOTHING would change. The heart must change. This is something that only God can do through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Only God can change the heart. When they wanted to make Jesus King He told them:

In Adam all died, but in Christ all can be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:22).

The crowd right now was praising God. They thought that Jesus came to fix things for them politically. But in a short while that grain of wheat would fall from the stalk. This same crowd would cry out:

“Release the murderer! Release Barabbas, and CRUCIFY JESUS!” Pilate cries out, “WHY, what evil has He done? But they cried out the more, LET HIM BE CRUCIFIED!” (Matthew 27:22-23)

If Jesus had stayed with the crowd and became their political King then He would have abided alone. He had to die. He had to fall to the ground in death. He had to go to that Hill of Calvary, had to hang on that Cruel Tree.

The forbidden tree of Eden led to the terrible tree of Calvary. Actions have consequences. The first Adam failed, but the second Adam – Jesus Christ – died. He died for us.

Philippians 2:7-8 (KJV) {Jesus} made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And BEING FOUND IN FASHION AS A MAN, HE HUMBLED HIMSELF, AND BECAME OBEDIENT UNTO DEATH, EVEN THE DEATH OF THE CROSS.

Jesus Christ fell from the head of the wheat – into the ground and died. He died for your sins and mine. His perfect heart suffered the agony of Calvary because our hearts were fallen. His Blood was shed for us. He died in agony for us. Never has a Person suffered as Jesus Christ suffered for us. The very wrath of God fell upon Him, He Who

John 1:1-3 (KJV)1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

He died for His creation.

Colossians 1:15-17 (KJV) Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane because Adam failed in the Garden of Eden.

Matthew 26:39 (KJV) … O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Jesus went to that Cross. He Who was no criminal suffered like a criminal, suffering for our sins. From the sixth to the ninth hour He hung silent until, as God’s wrath was poured out on Him for us, He cried out:

Matthew 27:46 (KJV) …. Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Jesus did this – for us. Jesus died – for us. It was Jesus’ mission to:

Daniel 9:24 (KJV) …. finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

By His Blood sin would be paid for, and our redemption made sure. Those who come to Jesus broken are saved. He redeems us from this world and the evil of it. He cleanses us before God, and sends His Spirit into us to change our hearts.

Hebrews 2:9-17 (KJV) … we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. 13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. 14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

Those who believe on Jesus go through a change of heart. God changes the redeemed from the inside out. On our hearts He writes His Law – and we are borth citizens and children of His Kingdom.

How Then Shall We Change Our Rome? By sharing His Gospel. By loving as we were loved, by reaching out as Christ reached out to us. The first century Christian was confronted with the same – or perhaps much worse – type of darkness that we believers are experience in America today. How can we fix this nation? Short answer – we cannot, but Christ can. There are no short cuts to this.

If we want to fix our culture, we must share His Kingdom Gospel.
We must preach REPENT and TURN TO CHRIST.

John 12:25 (KJV) He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that HATETH his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

As long as people love their present fallen condition they shall lose their lives. God did not make us to make our own rules, to wallow in sin as pigs wallow in the mud, to do hateful and evil things. God made us in His image and in His likeness so that we could walk with Him and glorify Him. The Gospel of the Kingdom calls people back to where God wants us to be.

John 12:26 (KJV) If any man serve me, LET HIM FOLLOW ME; AND WHERE I AM, THERE SHALL ALSO MY SERVANT BE: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.

Where was Jesus? He was among the sinners preaching the Gospel Light. He was reaching out in love sharing the love of God. We are to call the lost to REPENT and FOLLOW CHRIST. To turn surrendered to Him, believing He died for all our sins.

Jesus Christ came to redeem people from the darkness and to bring them into His Kingdom. Once saved, we are called to serve Him. We served sin before we were saved. Now saved, we serve a Risen Savior. We serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We who are Heaven bound no longer serve ourselves by sin, we serve the Savior through His Spirit. We live as Light, following the Light, proclaiming His Light. Jesus said:

John 12:31-33 (KJV) NOW is the judgment of this world: NOW shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And I, IF I BE LIFTED UP FROM THE EARTH, WILL DRAW ALL MEN UNTO ME. 33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.

NOW is the judgment of the world. See Jesus on that Cross? He died for all.

2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (ESV) For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; [15] and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

The world was judged when Jesus was put on that Cross. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. The prince of this world, Satan, was cast out when Jesus went to that Cross. And Jesus promised “If I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all unto Me”. We must tell others. We must share His Gospel. The only thing that will bring the Light to our culture is changed hearts, and only God can change hearts. This He does through the Gospel of the Kingdom.

C.H. Spurgeon said: “Brothers, if we want to have fruit in our ministry—if we want to see sinners converted—we must preach up Christ’s death! As the blacksmith strikes the hot iron upon the anvil, we must keep the hammer of the Gospel at work upon this great foundation Truth of God, “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.” It is no talking to men upon other topics in the hope that it will lead to their conversion. The great soul-quickening agency is, “Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” Whoever will come and trust in the God-appointed Substitute for sinners shall be eternally saved, for life comes only through His death! “

The Cross must be preached. We must tell them that Christ died for all, that God loves all. We cannot fix what ails us, but Christ can. God’s Gospel can – and we must keep on telling the world. Watchman Nee said:

“Everything in our service for the Lord is dependent on His blessing.”

God will always bless the sharing of Christ’s Gospel. Be a blessing to our nation. Shine for Christ. Share Christ.

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A searching Pastor, I am looking for a people who love the Lord and love one another. Daily I pray for the Church. Most of what the world sees today is not the Church, but clubs pretending to be the Church. God is calling to Himself a people willing to be righteous, not self righteous, serving not served. I am called to pastor God's people, those who want to change the world by willingly and willfully following Jesus Christ. Only God is able to change the world, and we must follow His Christ. He is able! Praise His Name! Come quickly Lord Jesus!
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