Musings From the Gospel of John – Number 29

Scriptures covered in this post are from John 12:27-33

John 12:27 NASB “Now My soul has become troubled; and what am I to say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.”

I’ve mentioned previously how often Jesus would say that His time had not yet come, during the earlier part of His ministry, but now, as the time approaches, we can partially see, that the reality of what Jesus is about to face, is voiced.

Jesus knew the physical pain and suffering that He would have to endure and that alone would be sufficient to cause any of us to be troubled, but I think it was more than that, because His oneness with the Father is like no other. I don’t think we can even imagine it in our minds or hearts. Jesus took our sin upon Himself and in essence, our death and separation from God, the separation and death that we ourselves deserved. He, who knew no sin, was judged as sin, our sin. Yet Jesus, the Son of the living God, knew what His Father’s will was and how it was to be accomplished and Jesus the Son, came to this earth to fulfil and put into effect, that will.

So Jesus says , “what am I to say? Father, save Me from this hour?” “But for this purpose I came to this hour.” Can anyone imagine an ordinary human being making this up? These are not the words of an ordinary man, this is not a purpose that an ordinary man would heads towards. But Jesus does.

John 12:28-30 NASB “Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came out of heaven: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 29 So the crowd who stood by and heard it were saying that it had thundered; others were saying, “An angel has spoken to Him!” 30 Jesus responded and said, “This voice has not come for My sake, but for yours.”

Remember in John 3:16 when Jesus told us that “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” This act of love is the fulfillment of God’s love. This is Jesus glorifying and fulfilling the Father’s will. This is Jesus attributing His submission, to fulfilling the Father’s will, and by doing so He glorifies the name of the Father .

And the voice of God the Father says these words, “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again”. And note what Jesus says, “This voice has not come for My sake, but for yours.” This is God the Father testifying about His Son that John records. And this is not the first time that God the Father has validated His Son.

When Jesus was baptized (Matt 3:17) God the Father validated Jesus and during the transfiguration (Matt 17:5) God the Father also validated Jesus. And now, just prior to the hour that Jesus was sent to fulfill, God the Father does it again. Not for the sake of Jesus, but for our sake, that we might know and believe.

John 12:31-32 NASB “Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to Myself.”

Why is judgement upon this world? Because sin, the transgression of God’s will, is now being completely dealt with. How? Now the ruler of this world will be cast out, because death no longer is the end for those who have transgressed God’s Holy will, if they believe in the Son. And the means whereby this will be accomplished: “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to Myself.”

John 12:33 NASB “Now He was saying this to indicate what kind of death He was going to die.”

More to follow.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

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  1. You may already know this, but if not, the Greek verb for ‘lifted up’ is the same used (twice) in 3:14, the latter referring to the bronze snake (first occurrence).

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