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FOR THE GLORY OF GOD ABOVE ALL ELSE - John 12

February 7, 2018

The people want to see Jesus.

He is the talk of the town. There have been many previous Passovers, but this one has a certain hum. Jesus, the man from Nazareth, recently raised a dead man to life. News is spreading. People are eager to go out and meet him. Crowds hear he’s coming to Jerusalem. So they lay palm branches and honour him, this one who raised a dead man to life.

 

Surely this is Jesus defining moment, his moment of glory.

 

He turned water into wine, he feed more than 5,000 people, made a man born blind see for the very first time. All these wonderful miracles, with the ultimate glory, bringing Lazarus back from the dead. No wonder the eager crowds cry out v9-13“Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord- the king of Israel.” as Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey.

 

Surely this is his moment of glory. It can’t get better than this. He must be glorified in all this. Even Greeks, have heard and want to see Jesus. This is the Jesus to see and meet. Raised dead man to life.

 

Who is the Jesus they  want to see? Miracle man, the one who raises the dead.

 

We sing “Open the eye of my hear Lord I want to see you…” What are expecting to see? How do you perceive Jesus? Miracle worker, teacher? What does Jesus want people to see of him?  

 

Jesus’ NECESSARY DEATH- is the GLORY of GOD’S SALVATION

Jesus reply vs 23-24  Now the Son of man is glorified…

If a seed dies it produces many seeds.

Jesus wants us to see and meet him as the one who lays down his life for God’s glory.

 

Throughout John so far (1-11), Jesus hour had not yet come, his time is not yet.

But now is the hour for the Son of Man to be glorified and he’s not referring to what has past but is what is about to happen, his death on the cross, followed by resurrection and exaltation.

 

Immediately He explains.

A seed must die to produce many seeds, that is it's purpose. We have different uses for seeds, craft, spices for cooking. But from a plant’s perspective, a seed is not to remain a seed. It’s purpose is to die to bring forth a plant and many more seeds.

 

The seed must die to produce many seeds. Life through death,

 

Many people have died as consequence of saving someone. Death was not necessary to save but was the horrible outcome in saving someone else.

 

Jesus, like the single seed must die to bring life for us. His death is not the consequence of our rescue. It is our very salvation.

 

The glory of the cross, the death of the Son of Man sent by God for the salvation of many, this is his crowning glory, the jewel in the crown.

 

Salvation of God for his people , for the display of glory of God, achieved by his own death.

 

Our salvation but for God’s glory.

Psalm 79:9, Isaiah 48:9-11; Psalm 106:8.

 

Now at this time God himself in Christ will not spare his own life but die…

 

Jesus’ agenda is for the GLORY OF GOD above all else.

What do we pray when we are deeply troubled and distressed? Pray for relief, for deliverance, “save me from this turmoil.” It is not wrong to pray that. Psalmists repeatedly seek God’s intervention.

 

But there is a deeper prayer… a deeper desire. Father be glorified in my life, in my hardship. Lord my soul is deeply troubled- glorify your name.

 

I know some here have been in the situation of being informed a loved one has only days to live. Throughout this whole chapter, in different ways, it speaks of Jesus imminent death- just a few days time. Jesus is fully aware of that.

 

So the turmoil for Jesus is real- he is human. The pain and agony will be horrific. Therein is the reality. The horror of what he is to face is what his Father has called him to -for the glory of God.

 

[v 27-28a] Jesus agenda, the desire of Jesus above all else is the glory of God.

“The glory of God’s name is of greater importance than the relief of my troubled soul”.

 

Jesus in v27 and 28 is not saying “get me out of this” but rather Father “get glory from this”

 

This is the Jesus to see and meet. He not only dies, but is dying for the glory of His Father.

 

Father get glory as I obey your will. Father, be glorified as the great God of grace and salvation when I, the one you sent, bleed and suffer, to draw many people into our kingdom.

 

The glory of God above all else is throughout Scripture, but often we miss it. Why, because we look for what the Bible says about me and what God does for me.

 

Our great sin, Rom 1, is exchange the glory of God for created things.

 

But Jesus prayer is what he wants for His Father. 

 

Jesus is caught up into something far greater than even his troubled soul.

 

We can pray like Paul to have thorns removed, but even Paul sought that God’s strength shine through Paul’s persisting weakness. Living in weakness for the Glory of God.

 

When our soul is troubled- there is more than one prayer…”save me, help me”…but also “Lord glorify your name.”

 

Orientate ourselves to a God–centred agenda, Not a “God exists for me” agenda.

 

Jesus’ disciples live and die to Glory of God above all else.

[V25-26] Whoever serves me must follow me.

In V25 the way of Jesus’ disciples is “anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” The seed that is willing to die to produce fruit. Die to self-preservation, die to self-determined life.

 

Live for and worship Christ in this world.

 

Begins by believing in Him- vs 37.

Treasure Christ more than being trouble free.

Jesus' call to follow him didn’t say  ‘calm the storms and follow me, feed 5000 people, raise the dead and follow me.

Rather, take up your cross and follow me, follow me in having the mindset that the glory of God is above all else. Desire in our hearts is that God is glorified even in our trouble and distress.

 

The way of the cross means our soul will be troubled, count on that, we must follow him and pray Lord glorify your name in this trouble.

 

Treasure Christ more than things of this world.

Look at Mary as she pours all that expensive years- wage worth of perfume onto feet!! But it is the feet of Jesus. He is worthy.

 

Honouring Jesus at such expense. She wants to do this, not to get, but because she has received love from God in Jesus Christ.

 

Mary treasures Jesus way more than the value of the perfume.

 

 “Whoever serves me must follow me.” Paul’s words are “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

 

Eternal God who gave your Son to die See here I stand and wonder who am I

That Thou should give the treasure of Thy heart, To gain my soul, my will, my life, my heart.

 

The Price - God gave the treasure of his heart to make us His own

 

Peter, James, Paul- knew the price of their redemption. They were men changed by the glory of Christ’s sacrificial death for their salvation and for the glory of God. They were beaten and rejoiced that they could suffer for name of Christ.  They died for the glory of God, obeying what they were called to do.

 

How do I grow to live and die for the glory of God.

- Understand the price that Jesus paid for wilful sin to not glorify God.  

- Treasure Christ.

- Thanking God – reverse the sin of Rom 1:21-23  

 

My Father will honour the one who serves me!!  Christ is honoured and seated, exalted. So with Christ’s disciples.

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