May 26. Jesus’ Public Ministry Concludes

Jn. 12:27-50

As Jesus continued speaking to Philip and Andrew, the human side of Him began to ponder the suffering He would endure soon. He asked, “What shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’?”

Jesus answered His own question by saying, “But for this purpose, I came to this hour.”

Turning to God, Jesus prayed, “Father, glorify Your name.”

A voice from heaven that sounded like thunder said, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”

Jesus’ name had indeed been glorified at His baptism, at the transfiguration and by the performance of many miracles. His name would be further glorified by His being Head of the church, by gospel preaching and by Him becoming the final Judge of all men.

Some of the Jews who believed were startled and disturbed when Jesus began to talk about His death. They stated that the Law of Moses had said that the Christ (Messiah) would live forever. He has claimed to be the Christ, but He also is saying that He will die.

These Jews began to doubt that Jesus was truly the Messiah. They did not understand that He would die a physical death, but that His spirit would live forever as He reigned over His spiritual kingdom in heaven.

Many of the Jewish rulers believed in Jesus, but they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. Since being cast out of the synagogue was like being without a country, they did not confess this faith; for fear that they would be cast out.

Jesus made a final plea to the Jews to accept Him while He was still with them and while they still had the opportunity. He then summarized His mission on earth: He was sent by God; those who believe in Him believe in God; the message He has brought was from God; those who reject that message will be judged by it; but, those who believe in Jesus and His message have the power to obtain salvation.

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