Voice from Heaven

GUWG-Cross-June-2014We continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

It’s Jesus’ final week on the planet.

Some Greeks came to the disciples and asked to see Jesus, prompting one of the most awesome scenes in the entire Bible.

Here’s what Jesus said:

“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 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. 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.

“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. Father, glorify your name!”

Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.

Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.

The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”

Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.”

(John 12:20-36)

Even though the people had seen miracle after miracle after miracle, many still wouldn’t believe in Jesus. Yet at the same time some religious leaders did believe, but they wouldn’t publicly admit it because they feared the Pharisees would kick them out of the synagogue. In other words, as the Bible puts it: “they loved human praise more than praise from God.” (John 12:43)

Here’s what happened next:

Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.

“If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”

(John 12:44-50)

So, let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:

1. Who exactly is Jesus?

He’s both Son of Man and Son of God, sent by the Father to drive out Satan, be lifted up and draw all people to himself.

He also likens himself to a kernel of wheat that by dying produces many seeds.

He came to the world as a light — no one who believes in him will stay in the dark.

2. What exactly does he want us to do?

Believe, follow and serve him.

There’s no other way to live.

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