Our text Sunday is one of the more obscure passages in the Gospel of John. Jesus is in Jerusalem after having brought Lazarus back from the dead, and after having rode in on the colt in His Triumphal Entry. While preparing to attend the Passover festival, some Greeks came to Philip, Jesus' disciple, and said, "We want to see Jesus." Philip told Andrew who in turn told Jesus. As Rev. Al Rahn pointed out to me last night, Andrew is only mentioned three times in the New Testament and each time he is bringing someone to Jesus (John 1:41, John 6:8, and John 12:22).
The Greeks wanting an audience with Jesus is significant because Jesus has become an international celebrity. No longer is He simply a Jewish leader driven to save His people... this is foreshadowing of His later ministry where all people will have an opportunity to be saved. Even later in this passage, Jesus says, "I will draw all people to myself." No longer exclusive, Jesus is the Savior for all.
My sermon Sunday will center around the comment of the Greeks, "We want to see Jesus." It is interesting to me that they did not come to speak to Jesus directly but yet went to someone who knew Him to set up a meeting. I do not know about you, but I believe there are many people in Toombs county who know a little about Jesus (much like the Greeks), but who do not "know" Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior; frankly, that realization is painful to me.
I believe this text, as well as others in the NT, points out the need for us as the people of God to bring people to Jesus. It is our responsibility as Christians to not only grow personally in our faith, but to proclaim our faith in a world of fear and doubt. I am greatly troubled that we in the church simply assume someone else will share the word of Christ with others. I am perplexed that we in the church shirk this God given command to be witnesses for Christ.
Look around...there are many people who want to see Jesus. I bet you are see them every day whether at the grocery store, at school, at your work, or at a funeral visitation. People are desperate to find the hope, joy, and peace that only God can give through Jesus Christ. And church, we must not hold back any longer; rather, we must let others see Jesus in our words and deeds. We must tell of who Jesus is and what He has done in our lives. We must let others know that Jesus is significant in our lives not just on Sunday, but every day.
May God have mercy on us all for our failures to bring others to Christ. May we repent of this sin, and live out the Greatest Commandment and the Great Commission.
Thanks for reading,