John 12:21

I. Introduction

A. Sign on a Pulpit for a New Preacher

1. "Sir, we would see Jesus"
2. Next week: "Then were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord"

B. The Setting of This Text

1. Jesus had returned to Jerusalem to die
2. The Triumphal Entry
3. Thousands of Jews gathered for Passover

C. The Greeks and Their Desire

II. Body

A. The Heart Cry of All Races

1. "And there were certain Greeks among them"

2. A few Gentiles at the Passover

a. They longed to know God
b. Grecian philosophy had failed them
c. Now they sought God through Judaism

3. They heard about Jesus

a. Perhaps intrigued by word of His miracles
b. Curious about how He could speak with authority
c. They wanted to see Him, thinking He might enlighten them

4. All people need Christ because all have sinned (Rom. 3:23)

5. All can be saved by faith in Him (Rom. 10:9, 10, 13)

B. The Heart Cry of All Who Seek Relief Through Religious Ceremony

1. These Greeks at Passover were still seeking

2. There are millions in churches like them

a. People who have been baptized but are lost
b. People who have taken communion but are lost
c. People who have joined churches but are lost

3. Eternal life is not given through religious ritual

a. Not by the will of the flesh (John 1:13)
b. Not by the will of man (can't be conferred) (John 1:13)

4. Only Jesus saves (John 1:12)

C. The Heart Cry of All Who Seek Reality in the Lives of Christians

1. These Greeks came to Philip with their request

a. It is a reasonable request
b. It might be asked of every Christian
c. The world wants to see Jesus through His people

2. We must face up to this responsibility

3. We are to be the light of the world (Matt. 5:16)

III. Conclusion

A. Would You See Jesus?

1. He is revealed in the Bible
2. He invites you to trust Him and receive eternal life

B. Would Souls Seeking Jesus Come to You?