Book of John
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Why do some people never seem to find fulfillment when they come to Jesus? Why do they never find rest, peace and satisfaction in Him? In this message, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones demonstrates from the account of the Greeks and their discourse with Jesus, that many seek Him with the wrong approach. Jesus regularly and willingly granted access to Himself from all types of people. But, in the account of the Greeks, Jesus denies their request. This denial falls outside of the boundaries of Jesus normal response which should catch our attention. Why? The approach and the request of the Greeks illustrates many worldly people who seek Jesus only when everything in their world falls apart. They do not want forgiveness of sin, they want a more serene life in sin. They come for wrong reasons and with wrong motives and when Jesus does not pluck them from the floodwaters of their broken life, they find nothing in Him and leave. In this account from John’s gospel, Lloyd-Jones demonstrates how the Greeks come with the wrong approach and challenges you to take the right approach in coming to Christ. The right approach takes the road of humility and repentance believing in the saving work of His death, burial and resurrection.
There are many who want to observe Jesus, but few who will believe in Him. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains the difference and shows how the glory of our salvation is revealed in the cross of Jesus Christ. The Greeks, just like so many today, only approached Jesus wanting to observe Him. They came with wrong motives and wrong reasons and like contemporary culture, but they do not desire to understand his teaching or follow his example. Like a curious child, they look upon his death with inquisitive eyes and investigative hearts. But, Jesus can only be known, loved and experienced by direct interaction with his death! The Doctor explains that at the heart of Christianity is the sacrifice of Christ in our place. One must face his death! The central mission, purpose and message of Jesus is found in his dying for there is not hope of salvation unless the seed falls into the ground and the Son of Man is lifted up before all men. It is his death on the cross that demonstrates the glory of salvation. Do you see the absolute necessity of the cross and his death in your life? Lloyd-Jones reveals from John 12:23 that the death of Christ on the cross reveals the glory of the Father and is the basis for Jesus prayer: “Father, glorify your name.”