Jesus is the Messiah
There are some amazing encounters with Jesus in John chapters 12. There are some well known stories and some deep spiritual truths, so much to take in!
There’s the beautiful story of Mary pouring expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet and wiping them with her hair; such a touching act of faith and as Jesus pointed out; an anointing for Jesus burial. This happened in Bethany where Lazarus was; the guy who Jesus rose from death. Now, the Jewish leaders want to kill Lazarus because they blame him for so many Jewish leaders deserting them to turn to believe in Jesus as their Messiah.
The next event is Jesus riding on a donkey which fulfilled the prophecy:
‘ “Rejoice greatly, O my people! Shout with joy! For look—your King is coming! He is the Righteous One, the Victor! Yet he is lowly, riding on a donkey’s colt!’ (Zechariah 9:9)
It’s interesting how the Disciples didn’t get the fulfilment of these prophecies until after Jesus returned to heaven (John 12:16)
I love the analogy of a seed Jesus uses to explain why he must die; a beautiful picture of the necessary sacrifice of Jesus:
‘Jesus replied that the time had come for him to return to his glory in heaven, and that “I must fall and die like a kernel of wheat that falls into the furrows of the earth. Unless I die I will be alone—a single seed. But my death will produce many new wheat kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.’ (John 12:23-24)
I guess this analogy is a good one to remember when we celebrate Harvest Festivals in Schools and Churches so we bring it all back to Jesus.
As I was reading these verses, as Jesus explained why He must die, I wasn’t expecting in John 12:28, God’s audible voice from heaven!
‘Father, bring glory and honour to your name.” Then a voice spoke from heaven saying, “I have already done this, and I will do it again.”’(John 12:28)
Incredibly, I guess not unlike today, in spite of all the miracles most people would not believe that Jesus was the Messiah, but this was predicted in Isaiah 6:9-10:
‘And he said, “Yes, go. But tell my people this: ‘Though you hear my words repeatedly, you won’t understand them. Though you watch and watch as I perform my miracles, still you won’t know what they mean.’Dull their understanding, close their ears, and shut their eyes. I don’t want them to see or to hear or to understand, or to turn to me to heal them.”’
Interestingly, many Jewish leaders did believe Jesus to be the Messiah, but they wouldn’t admit it for fear of being ex-communicated from the synagogue by the Pharisees; they clearly preferred the praise of men, rather than praise from God. I guess that’s something we all need to watch.