How do you save the world?
Passage: John 12:12–12:28
How do you save the world?
I. Jesus is the essence of God’s Glory.
“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified (23).”
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1. Jesus’ glory was intentional.
“Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. From that time, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, ‘Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.’ But he turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man (Mt. 16:20-23).’”
2. Jesus’ glory creates a conflict of soul for it is diametrically opposed to the glory of men.
“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth (Is. 53:7).”
3. Jesus’ glory was not noticed until after his death.
“His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him (16).”
4. Jesus’ glory insults the world, and those who chose it will feel lonely/isolated.
“When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them (36).”
5. Jesus’ glory can not be defeated.
“So the Pharisees said to one another, ‘You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him (19).’”
II. Jesus calls us to His glory.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him (24-26).”
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me. Yet not My will, but Yours be done (Luke 22:42).”
“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name (12:27-28a).”
III. Jesus compels us by His glory.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth (Jn. 1:14).”
“…though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him…(Phil. 2:6-9a).”
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus…(5).”
“…he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him (Is. 53:2).”