“The Cycle of Life”
God’s letter to mankind does not being with “Once upon a time.” As C. S. Lewis came to understand, fantasy is based on reality. Just because a concept can be found in fantasy does not cancel out the reality of the concept. John 12:2—6 Last week our text ended with, “Look, the world has gone after Him!” It’s almost a panic driven statement from the Sanhedrin yet immediately it is followed by the account of the Greeks seeking Jesus.
1. The Greeks were obviously proselytes, sometimes called God fearers ________________________
2. Philip and Andrew were probably unsure about how to proceed in this matter_________________
3. Jesus will not be distracted__________________________________________________________
“The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.” Many times in the past Jesus has stated that His hour had not yet come but here He changes course. His hour has come so that He, the Son of Man might be glorified. Glorification will be through His sacrificial death. He teaches here a spiritual principle by using a physical analogy.
1. A seed, or a grain of wheat, must die (buried in the ground and then germinate) so that it produces something new (much grain). This is the physical process of planting a seed that produces a plant which then produces fruit which allows the physical hunger of life to be satisfied. ______________________
2. The attitude that inhibits the life Jesus speaks of is selfishness. That’s what He means in verse 25. “He who loves His life will lose it”. We can choose to hold onto our life, our sense of control or being our own god, or we can give it up (hates his life in this world) and the reward will be eternal life.
3. This seems like it would be an easy choice but we possess a nature (sin nature) that is pointed in the wrong direction. That’s why we must repent, meaning turn around, face a new direction, take a different path. This is what Jesus describes in verse 26, “IF anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also.”
Verse 27 is about cost. It costs to serve. “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour? But for this purpose I came to this hour.” The ways of God are above the ways of men. Jesus has some knowledge of what lies ahead. In the Garden, just a few more days, He will see even more of the picture. The words of Isaiah give us a glimpse of what He sees ahead: 50:5-7.
Jesus shows His total willingness and obedience in verse 28. “Father, glorify Your name.” “Then a voice came from heaven” – we have here a conversation between the Father and the Son. _______________________________________________________________________
It has already been glorified by the covenant of the LAW with Israel. Jesus is the fulfillment of all the Law and the prophets and everything He has done has been the will of the Father. In the New Covenant through Jesus Christ our Lord the Father is glorified again. Jesus has always brought glory to the Father.
God speaks and the people are confused so Jesus clarifies in verse 30 that the Father spoke for their benefit. Jesus had no need to hear physically for He and the Father are One.
D. Verse 31 is a profound declaration: “Now is the judgment of this world”. The word in Greek used here is krisis, and its meaning is important to grasp. _______________________ ___________________________________________________________________________
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