Vs. 23, “Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” Now we come upon the Passion week of Christ…which was just last week for all of us. We are reminded of Mary’s extravagant love as she poured out the perfume on Jesus (Vs. 1-11). After the Triumphal entry, some Gentiles (vs. 20) come to request to see Jesus (Vs. 20-36)…it was Gentiles who came to Jesus at His birth and now Gentiles who come near His death. Question: Why does John mention Gentiles at this time? Because Jesus has been rejected by Israel. Notice, how the Jews demanded to see a sign (Matt. 12:38) while the Gentiles requested to see Jesus (vs. 21). God has no favoritism and the Good News is for us all! And sadly, we are reminded again of the Jews unbelief (vs. 37-50)
Regarding application…Losing in Life. Vs. 25, “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” The world loves winners and hates losers. That is a fact in this world…always will be. Tiger Woods received a rousing welcome back to the Masters…why? Because he is a winner…despite his martial transgressions. But, we are not of this world. The Godly missionary Jim Elliot would say, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Truly wise words…and Jim Elliot was a still a young man when he wrote this. Many considered it tragic when Jim lost his life…but many of the Auca Indians who killed him were saved because of him losing his life. Question: How do we love our lives? By putting our lives first. By loving the money, the recognition, the comforts of this world over the sacrifices it takes to live for God. Jesus lost his life….for all intensive purposes, the world believes Jesus lost. But, we know better… Now, the challenge is to ask ourselves each day…how will I lose today?