John Lesson 16 Day 4
Why Jesus is willing to face death.
10. The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. John 12:23
John also mentions in John 13:1 “Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father.” NIV
And in John 17:1 Jesus prays to be glorified, “. . . he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.”
Jesus speaks of the approaching hour of His crucifixion. It’s little wonder the disciples did not understand. How could condemnation, humiliation, torture, and murder at the hands of the religious leaders be a good thing?
As Joseph said in Genesis 50:20, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” NIV
11. Kernel of wheat—John 12:24
“I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone [just one grain, never more]. But if it dies, it produces much grain and yields a harvest.” (AMP)
Jesus compares His death to planting a seed. The seed remains buried in the ground for several days, then rises up to produce a large harvest. In His case, the harvest is followers. Jesus shows His death was not wasted and was not the end.
When a kernel of wheat dies in this way, it not only duplicates itself, it multiplies.
12. a. Whoever hates their life—John 12:25-26
Jesus is our example. He applies this to Himself. He does not call on His Father to provide twelve legions of angels. (Matthew 26:53) In John 10:18, Jesus said “No one takes (my life) from me. I lay it down of my own free will.” (AMP)
In John 12:25-26 Jesus calls those who will serve him to follow him and lay down and leave behind their/our selfish plans and ambitions.
The Father will honor anyone who serves Jesus.
b. How we hate our life
“We are called to hate our life not in the sense that we disregard it, but in the sense that we freely give it up for God. Our life is precious to us, especially because it is something we can give to Jesus.” Guzik
“The man whose priorities are right has such an attitude of love for the things of God that it makes all interest in the affairs of this life appear by comparison as hatred.” (Morris)
Die to ourselves
Jesus asks us/me to lay aside all plans that don’t agree with His destiny and purpose for my life. If I seek Him first, my dreams will begin to align with His dreams. I won’t feel fulfilled and truly satisfied with my life unless I fulfill His plan.
He also asks us to let go of things that stand between us and God. That could be a sinful lifestyle or an activity that takes up too much of our time and focus.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” NIV
“Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. 35 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. 36 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? 37 Is anything worth more than your soul?” (NLT)
“I have been crucified with Christ [that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith [by adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting] in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” (AMP)
Someone once said that our names are on that same tombstone. He died for us and as us.
c. Stop making “I, me, my” statements.
It is difficult because it is such a habit.
It is comforting to know that even Jesus’ soul was troubled as he faced the time of pain, humiliation, and suffering that lay ahead of him. He set the example of fulfilling the Father’s plan for his life.
How amazing that the Father will also honor me if I serve him!
13. John 12:30-33
When Jesus prayed aloud, “Father, glorify your name.” an audible, thunderous voice from heaven said, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”
The crowd heard it, but for some it sounded like thunder and others thought it sounded like angelic voice or language.
“So in Acts 9:7, 22:9, Saul’s companions heard the physical reverberations, but not so as to understand the Voice, for it was not meant for them.” (Trench)
Jesus said, “This voice was for you benefit, not mine.” He went on to explain in somewhat symbolic language that he was about to die and by what means—lifted up, crucifixion.
- “Now is the time for judgment on this world”
- “The prince of this world will be driven out.”
- “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to myself.” (The main point is the cross, but “there is a sub-suggestion of being elevated to a throne . . . It was the cross which was to become His throne and by which He was to draw men to Him as His subjects.” (Dods)
This world’s culture is in opposition to Jesus. Its leader, the ruler of this world is Satan, the great adversary to God (John 14:30, 16:11; 2 Corinthians 4:4, Ephesians 2:2, Ephesians 6:12). EnduringWord.com
14. Walk in the light
Jesus at an earlier time said, “I am the light of the world.” John 8:12 ESV
He explains to this crowd that the light will only be with them for a short time longer. “‘God’s Spirit will not always strive with man (Genesis 6:3 NKJV),’ and we must answer His call while it rings to us.” (Guzik)
If we believe in and cling to Jesus, the Light, we will become children of light.
John’s gospel begins with “In the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” . . . which reminds me of Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
My answers to BSF Bible study fellowship questions on John Lesson 16 Day 4 ~ John 12:23-36