Message of June 21, 2020
Read John 12:20-23
- In John’s Gospel, the religious leaders who plot against Jesus often speak truth in spite of themselves. How do we see this again here? (read verse 20 with verse 19)?
- Verse 23 marks a key turning point in John’s Gospel. Compare verse 23 with John 2:4, 7:30, and 8:20. What change do you observe? See also John 13:1 and 17:1.
- Why would the coming of some Greeks to see Jesus be so significant? How might it relate to John’s frequent use of “the world” as a key theme (see John 1:29, 3:16, 4:42, 6:33, 8:12)? What will it mean for Jesus to “be glorified”?
Read John 12:24-26
- Verse 24 is basically an observation about agriculture. Did Jesus speak this parable about himself, or about his followers? What meaning do you think he meant us to understand from the parable?
- What about verse 25: Do you think Jesus was speaking about himself, or about his followers? What does it mean to lose one’s life, or to keep it? What is he asking us to do?
Note: Jewish sayings often made a point by use of extremes. When Jesus spoke of “hating” our lives, he was really asking, “What do you love more, the life you have, or the life I have for you?” For another example of this type of saying, see Luke 14:26.
- Look at verse 26. What does it cost to follow Jesus? What does it cost to not follow him? What do you think it means to serve Jesus? How is this service more than simply responding to a request for volunteers to do some task? What does he promise those who truly serve him?
- In what area of your life is Jesus asking you to follow him today? What changes will you need to make to respond in obedience to his call?