Posted on Thu, Apr 14, 2011
April 14, 2011 Katherine Trimarco
32nd Day of Lent John 12:20-26
The day after Jesus entered Jerusalemto the shouts of Hosanna, Philip is asked by some Greeks to meet Jesus. Philip asks Andrew and together they go to Jesus. Jesus tells them that His hour had come.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me he must follow me; and where I am there shall my servant be also.”
Along with the Judeans the wider world of the Greeks seeks Jesus. It seems that the whole world is paying attention. They are looking for the revelation of the King of Israel. Jesus knows that he will die but in doing so, he will draw all people to himself. Those who follow after Jesus and become his servants will be honored by God.
Jesus’ death and resurrection are an example of the new life that happens when a follower of Jesus dies to this world. John is speaking not only of physical death but also of the death that happens when our focus shifts from life according to the ways of this world to the life in the Holy Spirit. Another example of this insight is recorded in John 11:25-26. When Jesus talks with Martha after the death of her brother Lazarus, he says:
“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.”
The wonderful thing is that we don’t have to grope around in the dark to find our way. We have only to follow and serve Jesus and we will be led to eternal life.“Lead Me, Lord, lead me in Thy righteousness; Make Thy way plain before my face. For it is Thou, Lord, Thou, Lord, only that makes me dwell in safety.” Amen.
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