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Salvation For Many Through The Uplifted Christ



John 12: 20-36,1,12; 1 Corinthians 5:7

“And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.” (John 12:20-21)

“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me” (John 12:32). Here was the response of Christ to the people that said they wanted to see Him. These people had come to Jerusalem to partake of the Passover feast. Though they had worshipped, been ministered to by the priest, having been taken through circumcision as Greeks to come to be allowed to come to Jerusalem and partake in the Passover, yet they felt empty not having seen Jesus. They felt all they had done and gone through have not allowed them to see the way to glory because Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Light to glory. Hence they desired to see Jesus. “The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus” (John 12:21).

They came to Philip because they saw something in him. As people look at you, can they tell whether you have the right connection or not, whether you have met Jesus yourself or that you have the ability or capacity to lead them to Jesus? They saw something in Philip as one who has been with Jesus and they respected and honoured him calling him, Sir, and requested to see Jesus. Let Jesus be seen in you. As you come to the Bible Study tonight the passion of your soul and desire of your heart should be to get something from Christ, and make connection to see Jesus, understanding that except you see Jesus, all the Study, all the worship, and the denominational attachment are all in vain. Except you see Jesus, the real purpose of Deeper Life, the Study and worship will not be fulfilled in your life. So Philip told Andrew, because Andrew is known for bringing people to Jesus. What do people know you for? Do they know you for evangelizing, connecting people with Jesus, reading the Bible, or for a spiritual and dynamic life that attracts other people to Jesus? Andrew was known for bringing people to Christ – he brought Peter, that lad, and others to Christ.

Are you like that, somebody that helps others to come to Christ, or do you hinder them from seeing Jesus. Andrew was a helper. Be a Helper and a Doorway to Jesus, connecting enquirers, sinners, seekers, and worshippers to Christ. Your life, teaching, work and service in the church, your singing, and smile, are they connecting others to Christ? We have come to be connected to Christ, and then we will connect others to Him. Are you connecting strangers to Christ – strangers to God, to Christ and unfamiliar with the gospel and salvation, who need somebody familiar with Christ to connect them?

…..Sir, we will see Jesus. What did they mean by that? They wanted to see Jesus, the Messiah, the Passover Lamb as revealed by John the Baptist, the Saviour like the Samaritans have known and seen Him, and the Teacher as Nicodemus knew and saw Him – Jesus, the Teacher abo.