Die and live…

John 12:20-36

Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast. Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”

Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn Andrew and Philip told Jesus.

But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.  Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.  He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.”

Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”

Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.”

Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” This He said, signifying by what death He would die.

The people answered Him, “We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever; and how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?”

Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.  While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed,and was hidden from them. 

“We wish to see Jesus.”  “If I am lifted up…I will draw all peoples to myself.”  A request from outside God’s people, and Jesus’ response to draw all people to himself.  The expansion of the kingdom  is seen in the wheat kernel.  Jesus came to earth, to die, to live again giving light to a dark world.  The death of the fallen seed, gave life and produced many more.  And the life continues…Jesus death and resurrection brought light and life,  gave the ability to others to become sons of light.  Continue in the light.  Keep it bright and burning, not only for us to know and see but for those around us to know and see. Darkness creates confusion, lack of direction, loss of orientation and knowledge.  We can walk when we have light; without light we have fear.  God’s Word is a light to our path, a lamp to our feet.  We hide His words in our heart that we might not sin against God. 

Light within and before

It is you we adore

Light shining bright

Dispel the dark of night

Light we trust and know

Guide us as we go

Forward in your love

Flowing through us from above

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