A careful reading of this chapter reveals, “The time has come.” This expression describes a time when the Son of Man will be glorified and lifted up (12:23, 32-33). It centers on Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension back to the Father. Additionally, this chapter highlights the attitudes and actions of several people and/or groups during the last days of Jesus’ life.
- Mary anoints Jesus in preparation for his burial (12:3, 7).
- Judas Iscariot because of greed criticized Mary’s action (12:4-6).
- The Jewish leaders planned to kill Lazarus because of him many Jewish people believed in Jesus (12:9-11).
- A large crowd gives Jesus a royal welcome as he enters Jerusalem (12:12-19).
- Despite Jesus’ miraculous signs, many still refused to believe in him (12:37).
- Many rulers believed in Jesus but because they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God they would not confess him to be the Christ (12:42-43).
In his final public words Jesus testifies, “The one who rejects me and does not accept my words has a judge; the word I have spoken will judge him at the last day” (12:48). Remarkably, our destiny comes down to one question, “Did we believe in Jesus?”