The Right Approach
A Sermon on John 12:21
So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” (ESV)
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.