Jesus Predicts His Death

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Death

Jesus explains how he came into this world to suffer and to die for the sins of this world (vv. 27-33). The people heard but did not understand what He was teaching. The Jews were puzzled that He was talking about death. They were sure that their Messiah would not die (v. 34). Jesus explained how He was “the light” and he would only be with them a short time (v. 35). They should walk in the light while there is time so they won’t be walking blindly in the dark (v. 36). After Jesus said these things He went into hiding. The ground is level at the foot of the cross; neither Jew nor Gentile has any special advantage. “All have sinned … there is none righteous” (Rom. 3:23, 10). God said all are under sin so that He might have mercy on all (Rom. 11:32).

John’s language parallels that used in the other Gospels when they describe Jesus’ agony in the garden. In both cases Jesus prays for deliverance from this ‘hour’ (v. 27 and Mark 14:35), and his human distress is emphasized as he contemplates his fate. However distressed Jesus is, he is able to master his emotions and focuses on the importance of facing this hour. The passage ends with a voice from heaven verifying what Jesus is doing and Jesus indicating what sort of death he will die (v. 33). In being ‘lifted up’ on a cross as a public spectacle he will be an obvious sign to those who seek him as a source of salvation. However, the darkness is approaching. The time for decision and discernment is fast disappearing and, as if to emphasize the point, Jesus withdraws from the scene (v. 36).

Application

 

“And it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” Heb. 9:27. The is one appointment that none of us will miss. However, because I have trusted Jesus as my Saviour I have eternal life which means I will never die spiritually but only physically. I can never thank him enough for taking my place on the cross.

John 12:27-36 (English Standard Version)

"Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name." Then a voice came from heaven: "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again." The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him." Jesus answered, "This voice has come for your sake, not mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself." He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. So the crowd answered him, "We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?" So Jesus said to them, "The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light." When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.

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