Summary: Well, there is something that God wants for us. He wants us to BEHOLD, Behold Your King! Have you had enough of Jesus? Does it taste like more? Or, do you want a decaf version of the Savior?
DOES IT TASTE LIKE MORE?
JOHN 12, PART 2 (v20-26)
Note: This sermon was given at a prayer service on a Sunday morning service. Each identity of Jesus was taught and then responded in prayer by the congregation in small prayer groups of 3-5 people. The section was closed by singing a short chorus. Then the next section was taught. It was almost like four quiet times back-to-back.
"So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” John 12:21
1. Wonderfully Dangerous and Delicious
My wife’s grandmother was a great cook. She passed this wonderfully dangerous skillset on to her daughter and her granddaughter. It was so wonderfully dangerous skill caused me to gain 35 pounds the first two years of my marriage to my wife, Diane. When you would visit grandma for a special occasion, she would go all out. She cooked for days and had enough food to feed an entire army. All of it was irresistible. Her homemade buns were to die for. I called them ‘candy buns.’ If someone has cooked roast beef or fried chicken or a casserole for fifty plus years, they get very, very good at it.
After eating more than humanly possible, we all would lean back in our chairs, signally that we were beyond content. This is when grandma would ask her famous question. She would ask it every time. It was a terrible question to propose to guests at the table. Grandma would ask, “Does it taste like more?” Really? More? How could anyone even imagine taking even one more bite of this delicious spread? That’s when grandma would bring out the homemade pumpkin or lemon meringue pies. Did it taste like more? YES!
2. What do you wish for in 2021? Do you have a New Year's resolution?
If you had …
> Aladdin’s Lamp?
> Wizard of Oz?
> Clarence the Angel (It’s A Wonderful Life)
> Jesus, the Son of Man
What do you wish? What do you want? Do you want more? Have you had enough?
One of the couple of commands in 50 verses of narrative. It is just one word. It may be one of the most important words in the entire Bible if you think about it. How much would change in our lives if we obeyed this one word?
Behold! See! Look! Attend to! Imperative Lo! Discover! Grasp the significance! Open your eyes! From Zechariah 9:9 Behold is a Pointing to, a Signal and also a Promising Satisfaction.
Well, there is something that God wants for us. He wants us to BEHOLD, Behold Your King! Have you had enough of Jesus? Does it taste like more? Or, do you want a decaf version of the Savior?
Joke: A famous TV pastor visited a care facility that specialized in Alzheimer's patients. He went around and greeted the people who were very glad to see him. He walked up to one lady and asked, "Do you know who I am?" She said, "No Dear, but if you go to the Front Desk, they can tell you."
Do you know who Jesus is?
All of you is more than enough for all of me
For every thirst and every need
You satisfy me with Your love
And all I have in You is more than enough
3. Behold, Your King is being Revealed
In John 12:34 the crowds asked themselves, “Who is this Son of Man?” In response, they didn’t do anything. In John 12, there was a group of people who didn’t settle, who hadn’t had enough, who tasted and wanted more.
In John 12:20-21, we see some God-fearing gentiles, Greeks with a bold request. “Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the feast. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and requested of him, “Sir, we want to see Jesus.”
In the Gospels, we often see Jesus answering people’s requests. He responds to his mother’s response for help at the wedding feast. He responds to the father asking for his daughter’s health and life to be restored. He even response to the unspoken desire of Mary and Martha to have their brother, Lazarus back. Here, Jesus honored this ‘prayer request’ in His response that follows.
If we behold Jesus’ answer to these seekers, we’ll find He gives an amazing response. Can we see it?
4. Seekers who wish to see Jesus, will discover Him as...
A> An adoring ______SON____________ wishing to glorify His Father.
John 12:23 "But Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.”
B> A protective _____SHEPHERD_______ wishing to guard the Beloved.
John 12:25 "Whoever loves his life will lose it, but whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”