Archive for July 2nd, 2018

John 12:29-36

In John 12:29-36 Jesus has just heard God’s voice.  It was audible, and those around Him heard it too. “The listening crowd said, “Thunder!” Others said, “An angel spoke to him!” To some, the voice of God sounded like thunder. Others thought it sounded like some kind of angelic speech. For those who could discern it, it gave them confidence in Jesus before the upcoming critical days in His life.  But Jesus makes it clear what God was up to when He spoke. “Jesus said, “The voice didn’t come for me but for you. At this moment the world is in crisis. Now Satan, the ruler of this world, will be thrown out. And I, as I am lifted up from the earth, will attract everyone to me and gather them around me.”

Jesus is letting the crowd know exactly what is ahead. The spirit of this world was judged by the way it treated Jesus at the cross. The cross not only judged the world it also defeated Satan (now the ruler of this world will be thrown out). The defeat of the world (culture in opposition to Jesus) and Satan was God’s victory and the victory of the people of God. This culture has a leader, a ruler of this world – Satan, the great adversary, who is going to be removed. Jesus was going to be lifted up literally – on the Cross – but also in His place of ruling as He would end up at the right hand of God.  Jesus promised that when He was lifted (elevated, exalted) on the Cross He would draw all peoples to Himself.

He put it this way to show how he was going to be put to death”. Jesus did not only know that He would die, but also that He would die on a Cross, lifted up from the earth. Jesus knew the painful and humiliating manner of His death, but still obeyed God’s will.  He didn’t have to – He chose to obey God’s plan. “Voices from the crowd answered, “We heard from God’s Law that the Messiah lasts forever. How can it be necessary, as you put it, that the Son of Man ‘be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?” The people had been taught only the passages from the law (the Old Testament) which spoke of the triumph of the Messiah. They were mostly unaware of the passages that spoke of His suffering. It made them wonder if Jesus was really the Messiah at all.

Jesus said, “For a brief time still, the light is among you. Walk by the light you have so darkness doesn’t destroy you. If you walk in darkness, you don’t know where you’re going. As you have the light, believe in the light. Then the light will be within you, and shining through your lives. You’ll be children of light.” Jesus assured those with Him that He would be with them only a short time longer. The light of His earthly ministry was about to go out.  He wouldn’t leave them forever, and if they believed in the light, that light will become part of us.  It describes what happens when we receive Christ as our Savior and Lord, and His light shines in us and through us.

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