Will you miss it?
John 12 v37-13 v1
- Isaiah saw, believed and witnessed, but his generation missed it, v41. “Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ gloryand spoke about him.”
King Uzziah died in 740BC under God’s judgment, a leper buried not in the King’s tombs because of his skin disease. He died a broken man and Isaiah the prophet speaking for God during his reign is disappointed because of the way the King ended his life. Isaiah has a sense of failure, he is unclean, a prophet with unclean lips. He is disillusioned with God’s people who disbelieve the promises of God, they are also unclean.
It is this man, disappointed, a failure, disillusioned, who is granted a renewed vision of the Lord and it shows that it is sometimes in the place of brokenness where we find what others miss.
- Jesus came and walked among them, but the generations missed it, v37 “Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him”
They had seen the signs. They saw more than what we have ever seen.
They see the provision miracles of water into wine and the feeding of the crowds but they miss the significance of them pointing to the great heavenly banquet that awaits us.
They see the blind man seeing but miss the fact that Jesus has come to open our self-centred eyes to others.
They see the royal official son’s healing but miss the power of the word as the Word of God.
They see the paralysed man walk again but miss the fact that Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath.
They see Lazarus raised to life but miss that Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
That God would temporarily harden the hearts of His people to who He really is in Jesus for the sake of the expansion of the gospel to the Gentiles (which the apostle Paul understands fully) is amazingly gracious!
They could not believe, v39-40 “For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere: He has blinded their eyes …”
They would not believe (because they loved their life too much), v42-43 “Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved human praise more than praise from God.”
In what has to be the most outrageous thing Jesus had ever said, he says something like this, “I’m fine with that because it’s not me that you are missing but the one who sent me.”
V44 “Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me.”
“Believe in me, believe in God; look at me look at God; listen to me listen to God; disobey my teaching disobey God” He was saying if you miss me then you have missed God. You are to blame.
- John says there is one more sign, will you miss it? 13 v1 “It was just before the Passover Festival.Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”
If people miss what Jesus says and do not understand what the miracles point to then will they miss this last sign?
Yesterday as I buried a friend and colleague in ministry I wondered how people could miss the love of God that was in him. In giving so much to so many would this impact their lives?
Four months ago, I led the funeral service of another Pastor, again a friend and also on my team. Over the months leading to his death he touched and spoke of his faith to many. Did they come to faith? Did they choose to believe? I hope so.
There is one more sign. Our death. Whether sudden or slow, how were we living our life when we left this earth? For ourselves or for others? Were we demonstrating Christ?
John says: Jesus is the Passover lamb, the sacrificial substitute for the sins of the people; Jesus goes to the Father, his Father and the connection is made again; Jesus demonstrates his love by choosing to lay his life down for the world.
Now if we miss this then there is no place left to go?