In one of our Bible studies, one of the participants said, “Pastor, this is getting too complicated! Just give me Jesus!” “I thought that I did just that,” I replied, a little too quickly.
That exchange made me think of all sorts of situations in which this call was heard. It began in the gospels when John tells us about some Greeks who came to Jerusalem. They went to Phillip and said, “We would like to see Jesus.” Jesus prays at that time, “Father the time has arrived for you to glorify your name” (John 12:20-28).
John summarizes the life of Jesus by saying that Jesus did so many other things that if John wrote about them all, there were have been no place left to write (John 21:23). However, what had been recorded about Jesus was written so that the people will believe and by believing in those words, they would have eternal life (John 20:30-31).
A couple of days ago Chuck Smith, a Californian preacher, came to one of the Oak Bridge churches. He is identified with a group of converted hippies in the 1960s and early 1970s who became known as the Jesus Generation. I remember one of the young men from the Jesus Generation on my college campus. He had an authentic conversion and he would constantly talk about Jesus.
I met another one in my seminary days. A couple of months ago I was reading a magazine and there was a picture of that friend. While he is a full-time pastor, he continues to tell people about Jesus. There are two strategic places where he goes to talk about Jesus – one is on university campuses and the other is local bars. In both of those places he presents a simple message of who Jesus is and what Jesus wants to do for each one of us.
What the world needs to hear and see is Jesus Christ. There is enough simplicity about Jesus as the song says “Everybody ought to know, everybody ought to know who Jesus is!”
Do you know Jesus? Would you like to know him? He wants to be your friend. Do you understand what friendship is? You know what life on this earth is. However, this life is short. Jesus wants to give you eternal life. Jesus wants to take the burden and the guilt of your sins away. You know what burdens and sins are because so often your life breaks under their weight. Jesus preached the good news. Do you know what good news is? The good news is that Jesus will be the best friend you will ever have.
The Bible says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).