The Greeks

John 12:27-29

Jesus now speaks on the cost of commitment to the Father’s will. He does this by revealing His emotions. This is one of the many ways that Jesus connects with humanity. Jesus says He is in turmoil. The Greek word for this is tetaraktai which means “stirred, agitated.He is face the prospect of being made sin.

 

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin;

that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

2 Corinthians 5:21

 

He knew that His Incarnation was for the very purpose of bringing Him to this hour. See John 12:23; 13:1 and 17:1. Jesus is our example in His attitude concerning His coming death. He submits to the will of the Father. We also must submit to the will of the Father. Notice what Jesus says, “Father, glorify Your name!” We must desire that His name be glorified despite our conflicting emotions.

 

The Father speaks from heaven in a loud thunderous voice. He confirms His working in Jesus in reference to the past and the future. Nobody could understand what was being said. See Acts 9:7 and 22:9.

 

John 12:30-31

The voice coming from heaven confirms faith in the spiritually perceptive. To the unspiritual it is only noise. 1Cor 2:4. Jesus’ death brought judgment on the world. Evil is atoned for through this. The world’s goals, standards and religions were shown to be folly. [Bible Knowledge Commentary] The Cross of Calvary defeated Satan. Note http://ref.ly/Re12.10. Satan is known as the prince of this world. Note John 14:30; 16:11. Jesus states that he will be driven out. His power over people resulting in death will be defeated. They can be delivered from his dominion of spiritual darkness and sin’s slavery. http://ref.ly/Co1.13-14 and http://ref.ly/He2.14-15.

 

John 12:32-33

When Jesus says “when I am lifted up from the earth,” it does not refer to His Ascension. It speaks of His crucifixion. John 3:14 and John 8:28. He knew how would die–by the cross. The Jews’ way was by stoning. This meant that He would die according to Roman law. Note Stephen’s death–Acts 7:58-60.

Since Jesus would die on the Roman cross, He would draw all men to Himself. He did not mean everybody would be saved. He made it clear that some will be lost because of their unbelief. John 5:28-29. He will draw indiscriminately. Those who would be saved would not only be Jews. There would be people from every tribe, language, people and nation. See http://ref.ly/Re5.9, http://ref.ly/Jn10.16, and http://ref.ly/Jn11.52.

 

Daily Choices

Choices. Everyday there are choices that must be made. Some are more serious than others. One of those choices concern joy. Will you choose joy today or happiness? Happiness is based upon your circumstances. Circumstances go up and down. They are not stable. Situations have a definite effect upon them.

Choose joy. Remember—The joy of the Lord is your strength!

Response from the Greeks

http://ref.ly/Jn12.20-36

 

John 12:20

The fact that the Greeks are mentioned at this point is significant. The ancient world saw them as wanderers and seekers of truth. They are considered to be God-fearers because they attended Jewish synagogues and feasts. Their coming to the feast can symbolize the coming of Gentiles to worship God through Christ. Compare John 10:16.

 

John 12:21-22

The reason why they may have approached Philip was because he was a Greek. His name is Greek. He may have had some contact with Greeks from the Decapolis area. Philip went to Andrew, and together they approached Jesus. Since there were many who wanted to speak with Jesus, the disciples may have done screening of the seekers. Compare http://ref.ly/Lk18.15-16.

 

John 12:23-24

Jesus is slowly and methodically moving toward His purpose for coming to the earth. The coming of these Greek individuals confirmed that the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Note http://ref.ly/Jn12.23, http://ref.ly/Jn13.1 and http://ref.ly/Jn17.1. For some death is their humiliation. For Jesus death was His means of entry into glory. His willingness to give up His life for the sinner was in obedience to the Father. http://ref.ly/Is53.10 and http://ref.ly/Is53.12. It would make His name renown. The words “I tell you the truth” introduces a solemn affirmation. Look at the analogy that is used by Jesus. It is of a kernel of wheat “dying” in the ground and producing many seeds teaches that death is necessary for a harvest.

 

John 12:25-26

The wheat analogy (v. 24) illustrates a general paradoxical principle: death is the way of life. In Jesus’ case, His death led to glory and life not only for Himself but also for others.

 

In the case of a disciple of Jesus, the principle is similar. The disciple must hate their life in this world. To “hate one’s life” means to be so committed to Christ that he has no self-centeredness. There is no concern for themselves. The one who loves his life will lose it. Anything in life can become an idol including goals, interests and love. Note Luke 12:16-21 and Luke 18:18-30. The believer must experience spiritual death to self. Romans 6:1-14, 2 Cor. 5:14-15; Gal. 6:14.

 

The believer who seeks to be a servant of Jesus must follow Him. Many of Jesus’ original servants did follow Him in death. The early disciples died as martyrs. Jesus’ words were prophetic and a promise. His true disciples (those who serve Him) follow Jesus in humiliation. They would have honor or glory. Romans 8:17, 36-39, 2 Tim. 2:11-13.

 

Praying about a new topic

I have decided to pray about doing a series of articles concerning depression. I know I have a topic on Reconciliation. There is such a need in the Body of Christ concerning this topic. Everyday when I go on Facebook, there are at least three to four prayer requests concerning this satanic attack. These dear souls need to be taught how to deal with this attack. I always say that I am praying for them, but I have a desire to do more.

Mediation Part One

Jesus is our mediator. What does this mean? In order to understand this, we have to define this.

 

-Mediation is the intervention between conflicting parties to promote reconciliation.

 

-A mediator is an outside agent brought in to produce a change or compromise between opposing individuals. Through effective communication, the mediator aids in reconciling differences.

 

The Old Testament Hebrew word for mediator is lits. It means literally “to make mouths at.” “To interpret” or “intercede.”

 

“If there is an angel on his side as a mediator…

to tell a man what is right for him, to be

gracious to him and say, ‘Spare him from going

down to the pit; I have found a ransom for him.”

Job 33:23-24

 

The New Testament Greek word for mediator is mesites, which means “go-between,” by implication, “a reconciler.” [Strong, Strong's Greek Lexicon.]

 

“There is one God and one mediator between

God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

1 Timothy 2:5

 

-Types of mediators

 

Scientific

An outside chemical agent introduced into a chemical or biological process to produce change.

 

Professional

An unbiased individual who is engaged to bring agreement to a relationship (lawyer, counselor, crisis intervention expert or professional mediator.

 

Personal

Friend or family member who authentically cares for each individual. This individual and relies on the Holy Spirit to help clarify communication and reveal truth.

 

Jesus Christ, the one and only Mediator between a Holy God and sinful mankind.

 

-Goals of a mediator

1. unconditional acceptance of each other

2. mutual forgiveness

3. fair and honest communication

4. insight into personal value and worth

 

Biblical Example of Mediation

 

Abigail

1 Samuel 25:2-42

Abigail’s ministry of reconciliation concerns David and Nabal who is her husband. Nabal is a wealthy landowner. He refuses David’s request for food and shelter. He speaks insults at David and his army. Abigail takes the position of mediator. Abigail cools David’s revenge by serving David and his men a meal fit for a king. She then appeals to David’s sense of godly leadership convincing him to refrain from taking vengeance…an act which ultimately belongs to the Lord. Her arguments and actions portray the wisdom that is needed to be an effective mediator.

 

“Then David accepted from her hand what she

had brought him and said, ‘Go home in peace. I have

heard your words and granted your request.'”

1 Samuel 25:35

 

Triumphal Entry Part Two

John 12:14-15

Jesus comes riding into Jerusalem on a young donkey. Note Matthew 21:2. This is a sign of peace. He did not look like a king or political leader. He did not come into the city on a war horse. He did not carry a sword. He did not wear a crown. He does not ride in a chariot either. The manner in which Jesus rides into Jerusalem fulfills Zechariah’s prophecy. This scripture contrasts Jesus’ coming. Zechariah 9:9. The contrast is between Jesus and Alexander the Great. Zechariah 9:1-8. The phrase “daughter of Zion” is a poetic phrase, which refers to the people of Jerusalem. This city is built on Mount Zion. John calls Jesus Israel’s king.

John 12:16

The disciples do not understand these events. They lack the perspective of the Cross and the Resurrection. They do not know that Zechariah’s prophecy speaks of Jesus Christ. They possess a weak faith. They need the ministry of the Holy Spirit. John 16:12-14.

John 12:17-18

The crowd’s size keeps increasing. The news of the raising of Lazarus from the dead brings curious people to the city. The day is one of popular acclaim. Unfortunately, the people do not possess spiritual perception.

John 12:19

Because of the massive response to Jesus, the plans of the Pharisees are impossible to fulfill. They were seeking a “sly” way to arrest and kill Jesus. They think the people might riot if they take Him in public. It should be noted, that not all of the crowd believe in Jesus.