The Hour Has Come

The sign that the hour has come

The Hour Has Come
John 12:16-19 “Glorified” Meaning

John 12:20-26 The Hour Has Come

John 12:27-30 Father, Glorify Your Name
JOHN 12:20-21  20 Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast. 21 Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”

What has this gospel said so far about the timing of Jesus' death?
"My time has not yet come" (John 7:6). "His hour had not yet come" (John 7:30). "His hour had not yet come" (John 8:20).

JOHN 12:22-23  22 Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn Andrew and Philip told Jesus. 23 But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.

What does Jesus say in the passage above?
“The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified” (John 12:23).

What signaled that "the hour has come"?
Gentiles ("Greeks" in John 12:20) - the outside world - asking for "Jesus" (John 12:21).

What does Jesus mean by "glorified" (John 12:23)?
See "Glorified" meaning.

Who is "the Son of Man" (John 12:23)?
See Son of Man.

JOHN 12:24-25  24 “Truly, truly, 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. 25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for everlasting life.

What is Jesus saying above?
To serve Christ - "produce much grain" - we must die to ourselves and what the world tells us to hold onto: wealth, status, self-centered ambitions and pleasures - i.e., the worldly possessions, positions and passions.

What will those who "love" such things "lose" (John 12:25)?
"Everlasting life" (John 12:25).

To gain everlasting life, how must we treat such things?
"Hate" (John 12:25) them.

They are not of God, but of Satan, who tries to have us waste our lives chasing them in obedience to him and disobedience to God. 

JOHN 12:26  26 “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.

How does Jesus want us to "follow" (John 12:26) Him?
“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me" (Matthew 16:24).

What does it mean to "take up" the "cross"?
Taking up a cross in those days didn't mean picking up a cross, walking around town for a while, putting it down and then going home. When you saw someone carrying a cross, it meant one thing: he was going to die. Once again, Jesus is telling us to die to the desires of this world.

What are the worldly passions, positions and possessions in your life?