Bible: John 12:20-50
12:20 Now some Greeks 1 were among those who had gone up to worship at the feast. 12:21 So these approached Philip, 2 who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and requested, 3 “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” 12:22 Philip went and told Andrew, and they both 4 went and told Jesus. 12:23 Jesus replied, 5 “The time 6 has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 7 12:24 I tell you the solemn truth, 8 unless a kernel of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains by itself alone. 9 But if it dies, it produces 10 much grain. 11 12:25 The one who loves his life 12 destroys 13 it, and the one who hates his life in this world guards 14 it for eternal life. 12:26 If anyone wants to serve me, he must follow 15 me, and where I am, my servant will be too. 16 If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
12:27 “Now my soul is greatly distressed. And what should I say? ‘Father, deliver me 17 from this hour’? 18 No, but for this very reason I have come to this hour. 19 12:28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, 20 “I have glorified it, 21 and I will glorify it 22 again.” 12:29 The crowd that stood there and heard the voice 23 said that it had thundered. Others said that an angel had spoken to him. 24 12:30 Jesus said, 25 “This voice has not come for my benefit 26 but for yours. 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world 27 will be driven out. 28 12:32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people 29 to myself.” 12:33 (Now he said this to indicate clearly what kind of death he was going to die.) 30
12:34 Then the crowd responded, 31 “We have heard from the law that the Christ 32 will remain forever. 33 How 34 can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?” 12:35 Jesus replied, 35 “The light is with you for a little while longer. 36 Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. 37 The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 12:36 While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become sons of light.” 38 When Jesus had said these things, he went away and hid himself from them.
The Outcome of Jesus’ Public Ministry Foretold
12:37 Although Jesus 39 had performed 40 so many miraculous signs before them, they still refused to believe in him, 12:38 so that the word 41 of Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled. He said, 42 “Lord, who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord 43 been revealed?” 44 12:39 For this reason they could not believe, 45 because again Isaiah said,
12:40 “He has blinded their eyes
and hardened their heart, 46
so that they would not see with their eyes
and understand with their heart, 47
12:41 Isaiah said these things because he saw Christ’s 50 glory, and spoke about him.
12:42 Nevertheless, even among the rulers 51 many believed in him, but because of the Pharisees 52 they would not confess Jesus to be the Christ, 53 so that they would not be put out of 54 the synagogue. 55 12:43 For they loved praise 56 from men more than praise 57 from God.
Jesus’ Final Public Words
12:44 But Jesus shouted out, 58 “The one who believes in me does not believe in me, but in the one who sent me, 59 12:45 and the one who sees me sees the one who sent me. 60 12:46 I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in darkness. 12:47 If anyone 61 hears my words and does not obey them, 62 I do not judge him. For I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 63 12:48 The one who rejects me and does not accept 64 my words has a judge; 65 the word 66 I have spoken will judge him at the last day. 12:49 For I have not spoken from my own authority, 67 but the Father himself who sent me has commanded me 68 what I should say and what I should speak. 12:50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. 69 Thus the things I say, I say just as the Father has told me.” 70