We are preparing for John 12 today at church.
This chapter highlights several different responses to Jesus. Jesus himself will conclude the teaching.
First, we see the response of both Mary, the sister of Lazarus, and Judas, the keeper of the disciples’ money. Mary uses expensive perfumed oil to anoint Jesus’ feet before his coming death. Judas is greedy for money.
Second, after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead in John 11, many people followed Jesus. The priests, on the other hand, responded to Jesus’ life-giving miracle by seeking to kill Lazarus, so that the crowd would cease following Jesus.
Third, the crowd responded to Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem with shouts of praise and a welcoming of Israel’s king.
Fourth, back to the problem of Lazarus, the Pharisees saw the crowds rushing after Jesus because of his rising from the dead. Their response was, “We have failed.” Their only failure was failing to open their eyes and see the truth.
Fifth, some Greeks who were in Jerusalem for the Passover seek out Jesus through Philip and Andrew. Jesus responds to the news with the long-awaited “Now my time has come.” Jesus has said repeatedly throughout the Gospel of John, “My time has not yet come.” Now it has arrived.
Sixth, the Father, in a voice from heaven, responds to Jesus, saying, “I have glorified [your name], and I will glorify it again.”
In all of these responses, do you see yourself? Jesus says at the end of the chapter, “The one who believes in me believes not in me, but in him who sent me. . . . I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me would not remain in darkness. . . . I know that [the Father’s] command is eternal life.”
Have you placed your faith in Jesus as the one sent from God? Are you still walking in darkness? Jesus came as a light in the darkness of the world so that we would not remain in the dark, but would receive the light, and the gift of eternal life. That is God’s gracious offer to you today.