Word from Scotland: To meet Jesus Christ is to meet Almighty God
We are reading and studying these concluding verses in John Chapter 12 where we have these final public words of Jesus Christ. What follows afterwards, is spoken to his disciples.
In certain situations, the more truth you give certain people, the more their minds will close. Every message you hear is either making you receive more and more of God’s Holy Truth, and creating a hunger and thirst for more, or it makes you harder. It is either making you softer and more gracious, faithful, and more open – or harder and harder. The interesting thing is, no one remains neutral.
This is a spiritual law in God’s creation, which runs through various parts of Scripture, and we see it in operation here. “If you choose to be open to the truth, I will give you more and more.” And, there is so much around these days to help us – books, tapes, notes, discs and anointed ministries. Be open to all that God has for you.
But, if a man should reject the truth, God says, I will help you to become even harder. Wasn’t that they very thing that happened to Pharaoh?
Verse 35 – While you have the light, walk in it. I know this is a most solemn word, but God in His love, wants us to be aware of what happens if we reject that love.
Respond to the Word as a flower reaches up to the sun, and not like a little insect that scuttles off under a stone to hide from the light.
Not only the closed mind is mentioned here, but also the closed mouth!
Verse 42 – There were people who believed in Jesus in the inside – inwardly – but they would not let it come out. Many Jews believed in Jesus, but because of the religious leaders they would not speak out and stand up for him, and stand up with him.
If it is in you, let it out. If you believe and remain silent, then as far as the world is concerned, it is as if you never believed, because they will never hear.
Somewhere along the line someone taught that Christianity should be a private thing – just between me and God – what a demonic deception! If it is really inside, it has to come out. You cannot keep it in. There has got to come that point where we confess our faith and proclaim that we belong to Christ.
On the day of Pentecost 120 disciples of Jesus received something on the inside and it showed on the outside, and that has always been the pattern. If there is nothing on the outside, is it because there is perhaps nothing inside?
We have in these verses faithful belief, and fatal unbelief.
Verse 43 – Man wants approval now, but God’s approval comes at the end of the day. Let the truth in, and then speak it out. Let the light of Christ in, and then shine.
Verse 48 – To meet Jesus is to meet God. To see Jesus is to see God. To listen to Jesus is to listen to Almighty God. Your attitude to Jesus is your attitude to God. If you willingly listen to Jesus, you will walk in the light.
He says clearly here, I came not to judge the world, but one day, there will be a day of judgment.
What do we do with His Word? What are we going to do with His Word in these present days?
Verse 49 – I have spoken what the Father wanted me to say, and I have said these things as the Father wanted me to say them. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.” Not only did Jesus speak the truth, but he said the right the right way. To the waves Jesus said, Sh! Be quiet! Shut up! To Lazarus Jesus said, “Come out”. To the disciples he said “Follow me”, and to the leper, he said “Be whole”.
The Father commanded me what to say and how to say it. All I have given you is what the Father wanted me to give you, and I have given you everything in the manner the Father wanted me to impart these signs and sayings and teachings.
And, all I have given you leads to eternal life – verse 50.
Jesus’ word to us today is quite simple and yet profound – Never close your mind, or your heart, or your mouth.