What Will You Do With Jesus?
Intro: There are several different responses to the man Jesus Christ:
1. Some responded by Exercising Faith – 11:45 Then many of the Jews…believed on Him.
2. Some responded by Excessive Fury – 11:53 …took counsel for to put him to death.
3. Some responded by Expressing Failure – 12:19 …how ye prevail nothing?…
4. Some responded by Exceptional Fervency – 12:20-22 …desired him…we would see Jesus.
5. Some responded with Exceeding Fear – 12:42, 43 …many believed on him, but…
This morning, you can decide what you will do with Jesus.
Several things I want to draw out of these passages:
I. His Arrival was Promised – vs. 12-16
Just in this passage, we find two passages of Old Testament Prophecy
- Psalm 118:26 is fulfilled in verse 13
- Zechariah 9:9 is fulfilled in verse 15
In the Garden of Eden, God told Adam and Eve that their seed would bruise the head of the serpent.
Throughout the Old Testament, God gave type after type; illustration after illustration pointing to Christ.
The Old Testament tabernacle; every piece of furniture, every curtain; every aspect of it was a type.
The miracles in the wilderness; the water gushing from the rock; the brazen serpent; and on and on.
There were prophecies in Psalms. There were prophecies in many Old Testament books.
His coming was predicted; it was promised; it was prophesied.
His coming was announced; it was anticipated; it was amazing.
There has never been a man come on the scene the way Jesus did.
From His birth to His ascension, He was unusual in every way.
II. His Actions were Pure – 17-21
There’s never been another person in the history of civilization that did more good than He did.
Of all the people that our society looks up to and admires, Jesus outshines them all.
Of all the heroes, role models, inspiring people down through the years, Jesus has inspired even more.
- Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
He did what He did with the Anointing power of God – in the power of the Holy Spirit.
He had a heart for people; a love for people; went about doing good, healing all that were oppressed.
- Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Jesus had a mission – preaching the gospel to the poor; healing the brokenhearted; preaching deliverance to the captives; giving sight to the blind; setting at liberty them that are bruised.
Jesus had a passion for those that were oppressed by Satan; in chains; bound; slaves; pawns of the devil.
III. His Atonement was Powerful – 12:30-33
Notice what He said in John 12:30-33
Jesus acknowledged the Spiritual Warfare that surrounded His life, His ministry, His sacrificial death.
Jesus also acknowledged that the people’s faith needed bolstering; hence the audible voice of God – vs. 28
Imaging – Jesus prayed a prayer – FATHER, GLORIFY THY NAME. And God did it – right then – audibly.
Jesus also acknowledged that His death on the cross would be an invitation to all men.
His death would provide an atonement for the sins of the whole world.
- 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world.
Once for all…
- Hebrews 10:10By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for all].
It was powerful because it covered everyone.
It was powerful because it was final.
It was powerful because of the eternal ramifications.
Those that come unto him, He said he would in no wise cast out.
Conclusion: What Will You Do With Jesus?
- You can choose to walk in His light, or you can walk in darkness. – vs. 35, 36, 46
- You can believe, or He can be Denied. – vs. 44
- You can accept Him, or you can Reject Him. – vs. 45
- He can be your Advocate, or He can be your Judge – vs. 48
- You can choose to receive Jesus Christ as the One sent from God – vs. 49
- You can have everlasting life through Jesus Christ, or choose everlasting damnation. vs. 50