John 12:26-34

In John 12:26-34 Jesus begins to make clear what it really means to be a Christ Follower.  “If any of you wants to serve me, then follow me. Then you’ll be where I am, ready to serve at a moment’s notice. The Father will honor and reward anyone who serves me”. To be a Christian is to serve Jesus, to follow Him. It doesn’t mean that you stop working your job or caring for your family or studying at school. It means you do all that as a servant of Jesus, a follower of Jesus.  It means that everything we do is done through the lens of serving Christ.  That plays out through serving those in our patch following the example that Jesus set for us through His life of serving mankind.

Spurgeon wrote “All of you who would have Christ as your Savior, you must be willing to serve him. We are not saved by service, but we are saved to service”.  What we do does not save us.  Who we follow does.  But if we choose to follow Jesus, to give our life to Him, the natural outcome is that we’ll be a servant. Jesus described the servant as one who wanted to be where He is. This isn’t forced slavery where the servant wants to be free from the master. This is a chosen, willing service that simply wants to be close to the Master. The reward for serving Jesus is to receive honor from God the Father. This honor is both reward and recognition. What can be better than that?

Jesus knew the crucial hour was rapidly approaching, and He knew what lied ahead and it weighed on Him. “Right now I am storm-tossed. And what am I going to say? ‘Father, get me out of this’? No, this is why I came in the first place. I’ll say, ‘Father, put your glory on display.’” It’s important to realize that Jesus didn’t have to go to the Cross and pay the penalty for sin.  He chose to do that out of love for the Father and for each of us.  Jesus did not ask to escape the hour, because He knew it was the purpose for which He came. The cross, which had cast a shadow over the entire life and ministry of Jesus, would now become a reality in the experience of Jesus.

Jesus focus was on glorifying the Father’s name and character, not shining the spotlight on himself.  He was about to move into a place where the focus could have totally been on Himself, but He kept the attention on the Father.  “A voice came out of the sky: “I have glorified it, and I’ll glorify it again.”  This was the third audible Divine testimony to Jesus’ status as the Son of God, after the audible voice heard at His baptism and His transfiguration. This was assurance from God the Father. Approaching the cross, the great concern of Jesus was to glorify the Father, and He was assured that He already had and would continue to do so. Are you focused on making God known among those in your patch?  That’s one of our assignments as Christ Followers.  How are you doing?

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  1. Reblogged this on Matthews' Blog.


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