“What is this statement that He said, ‘You will seek Me, and will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come’?” vs36
We can’t understand God, unless He’s revealed to us spiritually. Jesus Christ is going back to the Father by way of the cross, but the people can’t see it, and neither can we without revelation.
The gospel is too profound for man. It talks about salvation by grace that makes you lay your life down, about being saved APART from works, so you can work with all your might. It talks about God being sovereign, and yet we are to command Him about things that He’s promised. He says, “This is what the LORD, the Holy One of Israel and its Maker, says: ‘Ask Me what is to happen to My sons, and command Me about the work of My hands (Isa 45:11).” It talks about forgiveness that makes us sin no more, and to the natural mind, it CANNOT be understood.
Let us preach a gospel that’s unfathomable to men! We get in trouble trying to explain it, but we must preach it as it is. Let us live lives the flesh cannot perceive because this is what Christ is – an Invisible Spirit that makes you live for things that can’t be seen. Let us preach, “Repent”, with all our might, as we tell them, “No man can come”, and let us be consistent with God’s word, rather than our brains.
Many hear part of the gospel and think it is the whole! They hear Jacob was loved, Esau hated, but don’t realize that Esau was loved too – not with eternal saving love, but with sincere entreaties to Christ. They see Him weeping over Jerusalem and cannot understand it, because God, “shows mercy to those He wants to, and He hardens those He wants to harden (Rom 9:18).” Yet, He also said, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem! She who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her. How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing (Luke 13:34)!” They see the command to love but cannot understand forgiveness, so they refuse mercy and hate with the truth. They even see Christ saving sinners and think doctrine doesn’t matter, because He’s so loving! Men stumble in many ways, and only God can teach us, but He will, if we are nothing and desire filling. He says, “If anyone is thirsty, he should come to Me and drink (John 7:37)!”
Don’t take YOUR thoughts to the word, but receive His. Know that salvation’s by grace, but it doesn’t have to fit our understanding! Don’t be afar off from God, when He says, “Come”, because you’re wondering if you’re worthy. Don’t think God is true as far as you can see Him, but believe Him at His word.
The crowd knew so much that they knew nothing. They said, “But we know where this man is from. When the Messiah comes, nobody will know where He is from (John 7:27).” If they’d humbled themselves, then they’d see He was of God and His teaching proved it. Yet, they were proud and self-sufficient, so rather than humbly asking, they conjectured and put themselves in the supreme place, when He is all. The bottom line is this, “If anyone is thirsty”, He says, “he should come to Me and drink!” Do you need help as a poor sinner? Do you need a Savior and a Mediator between you and God? Do you need to be taught the gospel because you’ve proven yourself a fool? Then believe on Christ and come to Him for answers! He’ll teach you. He’ll show the harmony of the word and the mystery, unravelling things for your understanding, while leaving you astonished in worship, saying, “I know this is of God because it is higher than man, but true.”
The Lord Jesus is a faithful Teacher to all who ask Him: will you question His word or ask Him?