Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor. “Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—”Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.
Attractive line from Gnostism: Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Antithesis from the world’s message: Those who love their life seize it, and those who hate their life in this world will give it away, now is the moment.
John’s Gospel is written for the stated purpose of helping us come to believe and once believing to have a greater faith to stand and share.
Those who love are about to live eternally, don’t trade it for the world of comfort, fame, control.
Approaching Easter is the ongoing journey we travel in following Jesus.
- What percent of me does God love?
- What percent of me does God forgive?
- What percent of me does God save?
- What percent of my time does God ask of me?
- What percent of my possessions does God ask of me?
- What percent of my thoughts and actions does God want to use for his glory?
This is where we been to see the hard ache of this passage
Has it become one you would like to edit out? Swap the yellow highlighter for the black sharpie, right?
Our journey is not about distance in miles, it is about millimeters in our hearts and
How much more of my self am I entrusting and devotion to a god this trip to Jerusalem?
The difference in our calling and That of Jesus is that his live was given up for us and
Our calling is to give our living to Jesus that other folks find the journey toward Christ
Winning by Loosing
As an adult we learn that “winning” is not always the reason to play a game.
There are some folks who work most every Sunday and miss church but they give more heart and time on other days and nights, so don’t judge one another. We are on the journey together
I read about an educator this week who was admonished by their supervisor for holding an adult student accountable for their ability to write. “Someone else passed them along, it’s not our place to stop the wheels of higher education. We don’t need problems, blame, distractions, just let it slide and don’t single out this purpose that. Ugh the be offended
And so it is on the journey of faith, just let misinformed people believe what they will because I’m just a wrong as the next person and just as correct as the other. Then why bother?
God not only bothered, but gave his only child for us, God gives himself for us.
God loose, so that we win.
The warning in this passage is to not loose God, but settling for part, when God offers whole life.
Don’t share your faith because I encouraged you to do so,
Keep the context of what God has done for us – and ask what part of my love do you want me to share?
What part of the gospel do you want me to tell?
What part of the song do I sing?
What part of the fellowship to I offer?
What part of the gift do I give?
What part of the day is mine, alone?
The Way Home
Confession: Lord, Jesus I have not loved you with my whole self. I have not loved my neighbor. I have not loved my enemies. I have not always made room for you in my day and night. Forgive me and continue to offer your grace. Make me yours and put me to living for you, in love others and loving my life with you. Amen.
Remind your neighbor
Love your neighbor, welcome the stranger, forgive your enemy and add to the percent of your living and give for God.