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94: Busy Signals

May 15, 2009

Major Text: John 12:20-50

Outline:

  1. The Greeks Try Connecting with Jesus John 12:20-22
  2. Jesus Tries Connecting with the Greeks John 12:23-26
  3. Jesus Connects with The Father John 12:27-29
  4. Jesus Tries Connecting with the Crowd John 12:30-41
  5. Jesus Connects with some Jewish Leaders John 12:42-50

Context/Discussion/Comments:

Perhaps it is now Monday afternoon. Some Greeks who came to the feast to worship want to meet with Jesus in private. They ask Philip who asks Andrew who asks Jesus. They want a special meeting but Jesus is running short of time. There is too much to do and too little time to do it. Jesus doesn’t even acknowledge the request but continues on teaching, covering many of the topics He has taught before. But repetition is important if people are going to remember. His Divine and human nature are at odds. In other words, His obedience to His Father is taking priority over His patience, love, and compassion. Jesus is focused on what will happen in three days.

In teaching, Jesus covers the subjects of discipleship, prophesies concerning His death, and exhorts them to put their faith in Him, to accept Him and not reject Him. His focus changes from being the Son of Man to being the Son of God; from being human to back being Divine. Jesus knows His divinely ordained purpose and is being obedient to it. God honors that obedience and speaks so that the crowd hears His voice. This the fourth time God has spoken publicly about His Son [angels at birth, baptism, transfiguration, and now]. Likewise, God honors our obedience. Thus, we have a purpose and a future that is destined to bring glory to God.

Jesus tells them that He will be leaving earth in a very short time. There is a sense of urgency in His speech. Now is the time to believe in Him. Jesus then leaves to be alone. The Jews are unable to see, hear, or understand what Jesus is saying. They continue to stumble in their darkness. But there is a glimmer of hope with some of the Jewish leaders. Some did understand. Some did believe. But they were not open for fear of being put out of the synagogue. They still desired the praise of men. Perhaps Joseph of Arimathea was among them.

In summary, we see:

  • The Lord’s Purpose for the world.
  • The Lord’s Passion for serving.
  • The Lord’s Passion for His people.

As followers of Christ, we must possess:

  • A Passion for the Savior.
  • A Passion for Serving.
  • A Passion for Souls.

Lessons/Applications:

  1. Engage the curious. Be a Philip. Use your God-given gifts to attract others to Him.
  2. Intimacy [serving, loving, trusting, obeying, praising] brings a connection with God instead of a busy signal.
  3. Submission to God’s Will coupled with a concern about your future brings encouragement from God in a dramatic fashion.
  4. A servant heart and a “Life of Light” are essential elements of a true disciple.
  5. Our life should be such that we can say:
    • I have served well.
    • God will honor me.
    • Follow my example.
  6. Eternal life is inherited by those who are not conformed to this world.
  7. Seek and trust in the Light while it may be found. It will not always be available when you want it. Do not miss the signs for a “good connection”.
  8. Know your future and focus on it. Share it. It is for the Glory of God.
  9. Develop of sense of urgency for sharing the Gospel. Our time is near too.
  10. Commit fully to Jesus. Fence-sitters will become uncomfortable [condemned]. Believe in Jesus and know God.

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