Day 12 • Follow Me

John 12

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

1 Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. 2 A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him. 3 Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.

4 But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, 5 “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” 6 Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.

7 Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

9 When all the people heard of Jesus’ arrival, they flocked to see him and also to see Lazarus, the man Jesus had raised from the dead. 10 Then the leading priests decided to kill Lazarus, too, 11 for it was because of him that many of the people had deserted them and believed in Jesus.

Jesus’ Triumphant Entry

12 The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors 13 took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted,

“Praise God!

Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Hail to the King of Israel!”

14 Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said:

15 “Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem.

Look, your King is coming,

riding on a donkey’s colt.”

16 His disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him.

17 Many in the crowd had seen Jesus call Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, and they were telling others about it. 18 That was the reason so many went out to meet him—because they had heard about this miraculous sign. 19 Then the Pharisees said to each other, “There’s nothing we can do. Look, everyone has gone after him!”

Jesus Predicts His Death

20 Some Greeks who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration 21 paid a visit to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee. They said, “Sir, we want to meet Jesus.” 22 Philip told Andrew about it, and they went together to ask Jesus.

23 Jesus replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory. 24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. 25 Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. 26 Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.

27 “Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came! 28 Father, bring glory to your name.”

Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought glory to my name, and I will do so again.” 29 When the crowd heard the voice, some thought it was thunder, while others declared an angel had spoken to him.

30 Then Jesus told them, “The voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31 The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out. 32 And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” 33 He said this to indicate how he was going to die.

34 The crowd responded, “We understood from Scripture that the Messiah would live forever. How can you say the Son of Man will die? Just who is this Son of Man, anyway?”

35 Jesus replied, “My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going. 36 Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.”

After saying these things, Jesus went away and was hidden from them.

The Unbelief of the People

37 But despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in him. 38 This is exactly what Isaiah the prophet had predicted:

“Lord, who has believed our message?

To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?”

39 But the people couldn’t believe, for as Isaiah also said,

40 “The Lord has blinded their eyes

and hardened their hearts—

so that their eyes cannot see,

and their hearts cannot understand,

and they cannot turn to me

and have me heal them.”

41 Isaiah was referring to Jesus when he said this, because he saw the future and spoke of the Messiah’s glory. 42 Many people did believe in him, however, including some of the Jewish leaders. But they wouldn’t admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue. 43 For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.

44 Jesus shouted to the crowds, “If you trust me, you are trusting not only me, but also God who sent me. 45 For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark. 47 I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it. 48 But all who reject me and my message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken. 49 I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it. 50 And I know his commands lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me to say.”

  • Scott McKinnon

    The Lord speaks to us everytime we read the Bible, His word. The last two chapters were extremely exciting, however, the 42nd an 43rd verses in Chapter 12 (this chapter) really convicted me this morning. Paraphrasing…many believed but they loved human praise more than the praise of God. I compromise my faith too often for the praise of this world. God bless all of who who fight the good fight and stay strong in your faith!

  • Gloria Crenshaw

    Something that has always puzzled me is why God sent Jesus to teach the people about Him but then hardened their hearts and blinded them that they would not believe him or hear his words about God. It almost seems to be opposing the reason Jesus was sent to the world. Any ideas for my questions???
    Gloria Crenshaw

  • david zinniel

    .if as child the first word we began our lives with started with trust what a different world we would live in. If as man and woman we changed today and delivered one time a belief that we can now be trusted, imagine our loved ones would have eternal change. If we could deliver this message from Jesus, imagine how embodied our hearts would be, imagine how different life with Jesus and God would be for this world..

  • Vera Wiseman

    IN REPLY TO MS. CRENSHAW QUESTION; I TOO READ THOSE SCRIPTURES AGAIN ABOUT THEIR HEARTS BEING HARDENED AND THEIR EYES BLINDED. IT REMINDED ME OF THE SCRIPTURE WITH PHAROAH AND MOSES; HOW GOD HARDENED THE HEART OF PHAROAH. I’M JUST WONDERING WOULD PART OF IT BE SO GOD WOULD BE GLORIFIED EVEN MORE KNOWING WHAT HAD TRANSPIRED?

    GOD I ASK THAT YOU DON’T LET ME BE MORE OBSESSED WITH HUMAN PRAISE THAN PLEASING YOU. CONTINUE TO LET MY EYES BE OPEN AND MY HEART RECEPTIVE TO YOUR VOICE AS YOU DIRECT MY PATH AND THE PATH OF OTHERS ON TODAY.

  • Lori Hofferber

    Pastor Kerry I am so thankful to you and our church. I am so encouraged. I thought got it before but now I know I am getting it … being faithful is not a feeling, it’s a commitment. I talk to God everyday; all day little conversations, but studying HIs Word is different. I’ve tried reading the bible but have never made it through. Thanks for this.

  • Norma Bevins

    Hi Gloria, I believe you said yourself…..He was trying to teach them by asking them to walk in the light and not continue in darkness or it would over take them. Jesus went away and when He came back they were still walking in darkness and so ask He had told them before ” it would over take them and it did. He ask them to simply obey Him by faith to walk in His light and they still focused on what their world offered which was darkness instead of focusing and believing what Jesus had to offer which was light. He had shown them many miracle’s and spoke Words from His Father in Heaven but they continued to walk in darkness. So just like everything else He promises that we have yet to see but believe in faith to be the truth; he showed them the truth he had spoke to them when it was clear they were not going to believe. My lesson from this and I try to continue to practice now daily is my focus to be God- centered and not me- centered as they were. Follow Him and believe! They followed Him a little ways but did not believe. In my eyes He used them as a example for us to know He speaks the truth about light and darkness. I hoped this helped and thank you for giving me the chance to share. God’s Blessings

  • Mia Massey

    Believing in God is a wonderful thing in my live. Thank you Lord.

  • Mia Massey

    Life

  • Kelley S

    Thank you Lord for your love and guidance. It is only through you that all things are made possible and I can’t thank you enough for all you do. Your love lives on forever!!!

  • paula jones

    I too was convicted of enjoying the praises of men more than the praises of God. (John 12: 42-43) In the past I convinced myself that I was doing the right thing, by not speaking up, I was avoiding getting into theological arguments etc. In truth I was putting a bushel barrel over the light that God had placed in me. I was seeking to save my own life, and in essence I lost it. My prayer and goal in 2011, Is to be bold for God, and follow the example of Jesus in the book of John, he told the truth in love, stood for his principles and glorified the Father with his life.

  • Elizabeth O’Dell

    I thank you for this 21 day encounter walk with Jesus. I look forward to spending time with Jesus and reading the bible. It has made a great big change in me. I loved it when you said, Put your trust in the Lord because that foundation can never be shaken. Thank you Pastor Kerry and our Family at the Woodlands Church.

  • Kelly

    Scott….your paraphrasing was exactly the message I got for myself also….thanks for sharing.

  • Jess

    Father, Help me to only want ur approval and not the approval of the world around me. You are what matters in my life, More than ANYTHING else, If I lost EVERYTHING today, I will know that You will still be holding me.

  • Kathy Kubin

    At times certain things peek my curiousity …. when Jesus rode in specifically on a young colt He fulfilled the prophecy as stated but is there a connection to the Old Testament law that states a firstborn donkey had to be redeemed by a lamb (Exodus 13:13). Jesus is our Lamb of Redemption so is there a signifigance to the choice of animal (other than it was considered lowly) or am I just going off on a tangent?

  • Marzil

    I do love life and I think that it is a beautiful God’s creation; however, honestly, i won’t want to leave this world physicly, regardless, not because I love a wordly life and things that aren’t from the Lord, simply because I believe i am being blessed by him every single day and I enjoy it every single minute I live in these wonderful WORLD of His.
    In the other end I won’t want to loose my SPIRITUAL life, SO
    I AM CONFUSED, I know I don’t serve him the way he commends us to do so. “I love myself, but if I don’t, How would I manage to Love the Lord or some one else?
    And by the WAY I am saved by his grace. He found me when I was craying troubuled PREGNET at the age of 19 Yrs. old. and thinking -What am I going to say to my parants? I felt the whole world was upon my own shoulders- shortly after THOSE THOUGHTS, some one was knocking on my door there were two ladies asking if I was Ok. all they wanted it to do is to pray for me; so, I let them in. I turned my life to Christ, then. To make story very short, I chiken out, I was still afraid of my family of what they would think of me and put me down,criticize me and so forth; I run away to Panama to South America to where I didn’t know any one, stayed in a hotel for three days and when I run
    out of money I got in the CITY BUS, I was looking for a PARK, SO I FOUND IT, I got out of it along with all my belongings, I put my stuff in a park bench to rest and think about what I be doing next- A lady with some kids showed up- I don’t quiete remember how many of them were with her- She saw me crying and asked what was wrong?- so I told her the whole story. Needeless to say,she brought me to her doughter in low house, she has 5 kids, pregnet and no husband nor a JOB- a very small shack with with an out door showers, restrooms and kitchen. She welcolmed me with love, compassion and understanding.
    My dream is one day I would love to go back to look and find the two ladies ( THE ONE WHOM TOOK ME IN RIGHT OUT OF THE PARK AND THE OTHER ONE WHO GOT ME OUT OF THE PANAMA HOSPITAL RIGHT AFTER I GAVE BIRTH TO A BEAUTIFUL BABY GIRL AND TOOK ME INTO HER HOUSE)
    It has been about 37 yrs. ago. They made my life a little easier when I was totatlly DOWN, BROKE, HOMELESS . GOD BLESSED THE PANAMA COUNTRY FOR HAVING SUCH COMPASSIONATE LOVING INDIDIDUALS, THAT WILL GIVE YOU A HAND EVEN THOUGH THEMSELVES ARE STILL IN BAD SHAPE FINANCIALLY.
    God BLESS US ALL AND OPEN UP OUR EYES TO SEE HIS KINDOM.-AMEN-
    MARZIL

  • Luis Lozada

    Marzil: that is a beautil story. The love of God is everywhere! I am glad you followed Him.

  • mike

    Thank you Father for all of your blessings.

  • John M.

    Marzil,

    Life on this earth is a drop in the bucket compared to eternity with God. There will be no strife, no crying, no hurting and we will all be with Jesus. It is great to hear your are being blessed every single day. Continue to share that with others that are not so fortunate or don’t know God so that you continue to give God the glory

    We only are able to love ourselves and others because Jesus loved us first (1John 3:16). How? By coming to earth in human form and dying for our sins. THAT IS TRUE LOVE. It’s a daily exercise to experience God’s love – through prayer and bible study – and to express God’s love to others. We are unable to love others on our own but can do it through Jesus Christ’s example.

  • John M.

    Gloria,

    Think back on your own spiritual walk. As I look back on mine, I was 24 before I gave my life to Christ. I was raised in a religious home and went to church every Sunday. I was absolutely spiritually blind and had a pretty hard heart. I think everything happens in God’s perfect timing and with what I went through and how I grew up, I have been able to be an effective witness and reach others with God’s truth because a good friend was willing to share the truth with me. I am blessed to do the best I can to raise all my children up as Christians, but what will their experience be in their testimony and how will they be able to relate to others not going through the same trials and tribulations? Look at Paul and his background before being converted by Christ.

  • John M.

    Dad, I thank you that you loved me enough to remove the scales from my eyes so that I can see and to soften my hard heart to love myself and others as Christ does. It is a daily struggle and I thank you Holy Spirit for the strength and wisdom and knowledge you provide.

  • http://yahoo.com Tiffany McKenna

    It would be neat if there were footnotes showing where those profecies actally are in the old testiment.

  • Jimmy Rife

    Jesus has become a light in my darkness and showed me how to love His glory more and more each day. Praise God.

  • http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/anitacook Anita

    I thought you might enjoy this web site that talks about nard, the fragrance poured on Jesus’ feet: http://www.biblefragrances.net/nard.html.

    Isn’t it fascinating that nard is known as the lost garden of Eden, in light of the fact that Jesus is the second Adam? :) So, so, cool.