@ReadingSpurgeon: John 14:22 – Christ Manifesting Himself to His People (NPSP1S29)
C. H. Spurgeon marvels at “What a blessed Master Jesus Christ was!” because of how familiar He allowed His disciples to make themselves with Him, as he begins his sermon on John 14:22 – “Judas said unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself unto us and not unto the world?”
He brings out two things from this text.
I. An Important Fact
“Jesus Christ does reveal Himself to His people, but He does not unto the world.”
Who are the favoured people to whom Jesus Christ manifests Himself? They are those who do not belong to the world. “There are a certain number of people in this world who are not of it.”
Those who are favoured people do not always see Jesus Christ alike. “There are special times when God is pleased to reveal Himself to His people. And these seasons are generally of two kinds – times of duty and times of trial.”
Though there are many manifestations of God to His children, the most wondrous display and most precious of all, is when Jesus Christ manifests Himself – when you have seen Jesus dying with the eye of faith, or in His gifts, or felt joy at His exaltation.
The effect of this spiritual manifestation will be humility and happiness and holiness.
II. An Interesting Inquiry
Why does Christ manifest Himself to some as He does not unto the world?
“The question was not answered, for it was unanswerable… He did not tell him why He would manifest Himself unto them and not unto the world.”
If He has manifested Himself to you, that is grace.
May “God give you grace to see Him on Calvary before you see Him on Sinai, to behold Him as the Saviour of sinners, before you see Him as the Judge of the quick and dead.”