DAY 36

April 11, 2017

REFLECT:

John 12

23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 

24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 

25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 

28 Father, glorify your name!”

 

After His  triumphal entry and turning the tables at the temple, Jesus spends the next several days at the temple teaching His disciples and followers. People were hungry to hear what Jesus had to say. Jesus also told them that He would soon be killed. 

 

We hear in this text that Jesus is not necessarily gung-ho about what's to happen. He declares, "my soul is troubled", and even wonders if He should pray a prayer asking His Father to save Him from this hour... But Jesus stops Himself. He says, "yes" to the hardship ahead of Him.

But why? Is it just because He wants to obey His Father? Yes, that too. But I believe Jesus gets it... After having wept over the city of Jerusalem and mourning over the fact that they did not recognize Him to be the Messiah, He sees the need for Him to die. Someone had to make a way for them (and us) to be at right-state with God again.

 

He says, "unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed, but if it dies, it produces many seeds." There it is. Jesus sees the need for His death. He knows that if He dies, many others will live. He is the first fruit, the originating seed, He is the door through which all walk through. Therefore Jesus sets His mind forward and remains obedient to the horrible death He is about to go through so that through His death, others might live!!!

 

HALLELUJAH!!!

 

But He doesn't end there. He looks at each of those persons who are listening to Him and tells them,

"Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me."

 

Christ challenges each follower to understand the cost of discipleship. We don't live for ourselves or build earthly kingdoms--that will only lead to loss. But those whose lives, eyes, words, actions, and decisions are focused on eternal life in heaven--will be saved. 

 

So when He says, "whoever serves me must follow me" He means, "whoever serves me, must be willing to die with me."

 

Because if you die, if you don't live for yourself but live for God as Christ did, there will be many other seeds that will too inherit eternal life. 

 

CONFESS:

Philippians 3

8 I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowingChrist Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings,becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrectionfrom the dead.

 

PRAY:

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

by Alan Jackson

 

O soul are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There's light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free:

 

Turn you eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.

 

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
Over us sin no more hath dominion
For more than conquerors we are!

 

Turn you eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.

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