John chapter 12 has so much in it. As I read the Word, I remember that these are all real people at a real time, doing real things. Don’t forget to check out the other entries this week on this chapter…go here
Mary anoints Jesus (12:1-8)
Marys offering of an expensive oil, was probably her life savings…she gave HIM everything, even at the cost of being unrightfully judged by Judas. Jesus responded in “Leave her alone”. This was a time when there was little regard for women, so it wouldn’t have been a necessary thing for HIM to defend what she had done. HIS point was choosing the better. Being HIM as the better. How often do we really give HIM everything? Yes we should, but in all honesty…really.. do you?
Pharisees plan to kill Lazarus (12:9-19)
Still amazed…Lazarus is raised from the dead, the people are thrilled, and believing in Jesus. The Pharisees (the teachers of the Holy Writ) are looking to keep their own life..full of authority, and a higher place than the rest, sooo “lets kill Lazarus”. Didn’t their Law also say ..THou shalt not kill?
Jesus tells of his own death (12:20-36)
Jesus speaks of HIS own death to the disciples, but all they can see is the Glory that is happening, I really don’t think they got it…how could they? Jesus was speaking of something yet to come, and it didn’t actually fit with what was happening at that time.
Truimphal Entry/Isaiahs prophesy fullfilled (12:37-43)
Jesus riding on a colt, exactly like Isaiah said it would happen. The Pharisees also new this, yet to keep their positions of authority they still planned for Jesus death.
Jesus summary of HIS mission (12: 44-50)
Jesus mission was to come and die to save the world (not judge, HIS words will judge), but not to stay dead. yet another thing that I am sure the disciples did not understand..Jesus gave them warning. I just wonder if at the time of HIS death although fear over took them, if they pondered these things HE said…just thinking out loud.
Verses that jumped out at me..(Holman Christian Standard)
25The one who loves his life will lose it,£ and the one who hates£ his life£ in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me. Where I am, there My servant£ also will be.£ If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor£ him.
31Now is the judgment of this world.£ Now the ruler of this world£ will be cast out.£ 32As for Me, if I am lifted up£ from the earth I will draw all ëpeopleû to Myself.”
35Jesus answered, “The light will be with you only a little longer. Walk while you have the light so that darkness doesn’t overtake you. The one who walks in darkness doesn’t know where he’s going. 36While you have the light, believe in the light so that you may become sons of light.”
44Then Jesus cried out, “The one who believes in Me£ believes not in Me, but in Him who sent Me. 45And the one who sees Me sees Him£ who sent Me. 46I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me would not remain in darkness. 47If anyone hears My words and doesn’t keep£ them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world£ but to save the world.£ 48The one who rejects Me£ and doesn’t accept My sayings has this as his judge:£ the word I have spoken will judge him on the last day.£ 49For I have not spoken on My own, but the Father£ Himself who sent Me has given Me a command as to what I should say and what I should speak. 50I know that His command is eternal life.£ So the things that I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.”£