“SIR, WE WOULD SEE JESUS”…JOHN 12:31…PART FIVE
It has been our attempt for the last few weeks to direct our thinking to the study of the life of Christ as we approach the time we recognize the death, burial and resurrection of our Savior. Paul said in the Book of Romans, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of the gospel…” First Corinthians 15:1-4 defines the gospel for us, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
We have spoken of the fact that the four Gospels are composed of only 89 chapters for us to see and feel the biography of the Savior. However, Psalm 40:7, “Then said I, Lo I come in the volume of the book it is written of me” relates to us the fact that the entire Scriptures reveal Him to us. Before someone states that this is an Old Testament verse, please look at Hebrews 10:7 where we have a direct quotes from this Psalms. And yes, remember also that the Book of Hebrews is the book that tells us that Christ has fulfilled the Old Testament types and the key word is better. Christ is better than and we are given the major thoughts of the Old Testament. Now in the New Testament we are brought up to date. The Book of Hebrews beginning with Chapter one without a doubt ties together the truths of the Old Testament with the revelation in the New Testament. Yes, the volume of the Book is written of Him.
I am always amazed at a couple of verses near the conclusion of John’s Gospel. Let us look at these two verses, John 20:30, “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book.” Now let us look at the closing verse of John’s Gospel chapter 21:25, “…I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.” John is saying to us that Jesus did many more things worthy of recording but they are not written for us.
However, Matthew writes in chapter 11:29, “…learn of me…” This is our challenge as we study the Scriptures that we are to learn of Christ Jesus our Lord. In our study and consideration of Jesus in these days and times there are at least four things that should move us:
• We need to see what Jesus saw…In Matthew 9:36, “But when he saw the multitudes…” Many times in the gospels and the Book of Acts we have recorded the word “multitude”. As has been stated the work of God is all about people. When we read of Jesus we will immediately see the people around Him.
• We need to feel what Jesus felt…”…moved with compassion…” Too many times we fail to allow the determining factor in our service to be “moved with compassion”. Jude said, “Some have compassion making a difference…”
• We need to pray what Jesus prayed…”Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will end forth labourers into his harvest.” The need is great…the laborers are few.”
• We need to do what Jesus did, “…and Jesus went about all the cities and villages…teaching…preaching the gospel…”