TEXT: John 12:20-22
20 And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:
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.
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 180.
Kenneth L Woodward said, “By any secular standard, Jesus is also the dominant figure of Western culture. Like the millennium itself, much of what we now think of as Western ideas, inventions, and values finds its source or inspiration in the religion that worships God in his name. Art and science, the self and society, politics and economics, marriage and the family, right and wrong, body and soul – all have been touched and often radically transformed by Christ.”
Yesterday, we saw how the Pharisees, who were plotting to kill Jesus, expressed frustration at Jesus’ growing popularity even to the point of declaring, “Behold, the world is gone after him.”
Today, we see a little glimpse of how people from all over the world would begin to follow Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that “there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast.” Now, we must note that the term “Greeks” was often used by the Jews to describe any group of non-Jewish people because during that time the whole world was under the influence of Greek culture. Thus, these Greeks who came to Jerusalem for the Passover could have belonged to one of three groups of people: (1) They may have been Greek converts to Judaism. (2) They may have been Greeks who were ‘God-fearers’, but who had not converted to Judaism. Or, (3) They may have been pagan Greeks who either happened to be in the city at that time, or had purposely traveled there to observe the rituals and celebrations as the Greeks were known to be very curious and, as Luke wrote, to love hearing about some new thing. Whatever the case, these Greeks did not belong to the normal crowd that came to Jerusalem for the Passover. They were outsiders.
These outsiders caught wind of the Man named Jesus and what He had done, especially in raising Lazarus from the dead. “The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.” Some believe that they approached Philip especially because he was the only one of the disciples to have a Greek name. But, we know that they approached the right one because as you might recall from early on in the Gospel of John, Philip had a reputation for bringing people to Jesus. The Bible says, “Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.”
The Gospel does not record Jesus’ interaction with these Greeks, but the fact that they are brought to Him is an indication of things to come. As the Pharisees had unwittingly predicted, the whole world would soon follow after the Christ. Rudolf Stier made this observation: “These men from the West at the end of the Life of Jesus, set forth the same as the Magi from the East at its beginning — but they come to the Cross of the King, as those came to His cradle.”
The life of Jesus is bracketed by groups of people coming to Him from what would have then been considered far-flung regions of the world — the Wise Men likely from present-day Iraq or Iran and the Greeks from either Greece proper, Macedonia, or Egypt. Although Jesus’ primary mission during his three-year ministry was to preach the Gospel, the Good News of the Kingdom of God, to the Jews, He always had the world in His sights. He told His followers that there were other sheep from another fold that He desired to bring together — “that there might be one fold and one shepherd.”
Unlike many of the Jewish religious leaders of the first century who shunned contact with non-Jews and even other Jews who were not of the right doctrinal persuasion, Jesus welcomed such people to follow Him. He raised the daughter of a Roman centurion from the dead. He talked with the Samaritan woman at the well and spent several days in their city. He cast a demon out of the daughter of a Syrophoenician woman. He healed ten lepers — nine Jewish and one Samaritan, and it was the Samaritan who came back to thank Him.
Jesus is a friend to the Gentiles and He wants to be a friend to you as well. When He stretched out His arms to die for all the world, He died with you in mind. Will you join the multitudes of those who have received Jesus as Savior and who call Him Lord today?
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at email@example.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.