“SIR, WE WOULD SEE JESUS” (JOHN 12:21)
We have just recently come through the Christmas season when we place the emphasis upon the birth of Christ. This is a time of rejoicing in that He did come into this world to “seek and to save the lost”. However, we now come to the time of the year that we turn our thoughts to the ministry and the major events that seem to bring great focus to us as we “See Jesus”. Many have selected 10 or 12 of these major events of Christ and drawn them out for emphasis. Of course, in a few weeks we shall be coming to some of these happening such as the death, burial and resurrection of our Savior. You may want to start with this copy and note the picture of our great Savior and the many things that encompass His short earthly ministry. Perhaps this is time for us to revisit the four Gospels for a refresher. We will find within the four Gospels just 89 chapters of average length. Notice the breakdown of these 89 chapters: four chapters cover the first 30 years of the life of Christ, 85 chapters cover the last 3 years of His life and 27 of these chapters covers the last 8 days of His earthly life. Perhaps, this breakdown of chapters will cause us to realize that God places much emphasis upon the last week of our Savior. In fact, almost one half of the Gospel of John represents the last week of the Savior.
The greatest question which can force itself upon us is Matthew 22:42, the question faces us even now, “What think ye of Christ?” This question is of supreme importance because what we think of Him will determine what we do with Him. Yes, even more personal is, “What have you done with Christ?” God has given us in His Word a brief chapter that is overlooked and that short chapter is Hebrews chapter one. There are only 14 verses in this great gem that paints a picture of God being manifested to us. Yes, 1 Timothy 3:16 does remind us that the coming of Christ was and is a great mystery.
But in the limited scope of our renewal of the Gospels let us ask: what is the essential and unique characteristic of the Person of our Lord Jesus Christ? It is this—He is at the same time perfectly human and absolutely divine. He holds within himself the two natures in perfect balance and each in full completeness. He is very God and very Man. As we have noted this is a mystery revealed. Amen.
John reveals Christ as the Son of God. In john’s Gospel chapter one and verse one we may conclude that this is the genealogy of Christ according to John. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
The pre-existence of Christ, “In the beginning was the Word…”
The co-existence of Christ,”…and the Word was with God…”
The self-existence of Christ,”…and the Word was God.”
“The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” John 1:14
In the 89 chapters of the four Gospels we will see again the perfect humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ and the absolute deity of our Lord. The world has yet been able to bring these two into union and thus have missed the glory of our Savior. “Sirs, we would see Jesus” AGAIN.