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John 12 Study & Breakdown/The Judgement of This World: The Cross!!!

OPENING PRAYER
"Man Shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God"- Matthew 4:4- "My mother and brothers are those who hear the Word of God and do it" - Mark 8:21

Having received this day as a gift, I (We) thank You Holy Trinity, for through Your goodness and patience You were not wrathful with me (Us), and idler (s) and sinner (s), neither have You cast me (Us) down in my (Our)sins...But You have shown Your love towards me (us) and have guided me (us) to keep my (our) daily watch to glorify Your power...Enlighten my (our) mind (minds) to study Your teachings in Scripture...Help me (us) to apply what I (we) learn and to praise You with all my (our) heart and glorify Your Holy Name, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever...Amen!!!

Shine within my (our) hearts, loving Master, the pure Light of Your Divine Knowledge, and open the eyes of my mind that I may understand Your teachings...Instill in me (us) also reverence for Your Blessed commandments, so having conquered sinful desires I (we) may pursue a spiritual way of life, thinking and doing all those things that are pleasing to You...For You, Christ my God, are my light, and to You I (we) give, glory, together with Your Father and Your Holy Spirit, now and forever...Amen!!!


CHANT PSALM 23

INTO YOUR HANDS LORD YESHUA (JESUS CHRIST) WE COMMIT OUR SOULS AND BODIES, BLESS US AND HAVE MERCY ON US AND GRANT US ETERNAL LIFE!!!

AMEN!!!


JOHN 12- STUDY & BREAKDOWN

YESHUA (JESUS) ANOINTED FOR HIS BURIAL

JOHN 12:1-11

12:1: THIS PASSOVER: is the third mentioned in John (see John 2:13; John 6:4) and is the setting for the last week of Christ's earthly ministry, which is laid perfectly for us in the Scriptures: YESHUA (JESUS): had already been glorified through His signs and words; it remained for Him to be glorified through His death and Resurrection- (see notes John 1:14):

12:3-8: THE OTHER DISCIPLES: said the same thing JUDAS said (v. 5), but with very different motive- (see my Matthew 26:6-13, and notes): Judas spoke from greed, while the other spoke from the virtue of charity: That Yeshua (Jesus) put A THIEF in charge of the money shows that by every means He attempted to save Judas: He fulfilled Judas' feet with the other disciples- (John 13:5): and He allowed him to partake at the table of the Mystical Supper- (John 13:26): Yet Judas could never overcome his greed- (see note- Matthew 26:14-16):


THE TRIUMPH OF PALM SUNDAY- See also (Matthew 21:1-8; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-40) & DYING TO THIS WORLD

JOHN 12:12-28

12:12-18: THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM: See my Matthew 21:1-11-NOTES: My accompanying notes and thoughts!!!

12:20-23: THESE GREEKS: were Gentiles who believed in the God of Abraham, having come to participate in the PASSOVER FEAST: that they were still called GREEKS shows they were not yet converts: SINCE YESHUA (JESUS) had taught His disciples not to go to the Gentiles (Matthew 10:5; Matthew 15:24), The disciples approached Him before bringing these inquires: GLORIFIED in (v. 23) Is referring to the Savior's Death on the Cross: Christ and His response indicates two things (1): The answer these GREEKS are seeking will not be found in words, but in the CROSS; AND (2): The CROSS will be the event that opens all manner of grace to the Gentiles:

12:24: THE IMAGE OF THE GRAIN OF WHEAT: dying in order to bear fruit signifies that Christ's death will give life to the entire world: In many Orthodox Churches, boiled wheat that is sweetened and spiced is served at memorial services for the departed faithful to affirm God's promise that those who have died in Christ will rise again to life:

12:27: SEE My NOTES- Matthew 26:39 and Luke 22:41-44

12:28: THE FATHER'S NAME: is an extension of His Person: The Son's Death completes the purpose and Will of the Father and shows His love for all, Glorifying Him: Christ is in a way saying, "Father, lead Me to the CROSS..." This is the Lord's divine response to the human prompting to avoid the CROSS- (v. 27): The Father's response refers to the signs already performed by Christ and to the death and Resurrection to come:


JUDGMENT OF THIS WORLD: THE CROSS

JOHN 12:29-34

12:29: THOUGH THE FATHER SPOKE CLEARLY: some people heard indistinct sounds like thunder because they lacked faith: Those with a little faith heard the words yet not knowing the source, thinking it was AN ANGEL: the disciples knew the Father Himself had SPOKEN (see- v. 30):

12:31-33: LIFTED UP- (v. 32): Is a reference to Christ being hung on the CROSS (see also John 3:14-15 and John 8:28- notes): THIS DEATH will bring salvation to ALL PEOPLES, while rendering JUDGEMENT on the faithless and destroying once for all the power of Satan, THE RULER OF THIS WORLD:


BECOME SONS OF LIGHT

JOHN 12:35-36

12:35-36: THE LIGHT: is referring to Christ- (John 1:4-9; John 8:12): His teaching here has serval facets of meaning: First, He will be completing His public ministry very soon- our lives are very limited; we have but a short time to repent and TRULY BELIEVE IN Christ before death: Finally, the Second Coming of Christ is but A LITTLE WHILE when compared to eternity!!!


WHO HAS BELIEVED YESHUA' (JESUS') WORDS???

JOHN 12:37-43

12:40: ACCORDING TO ST: JOHN CHRYSOSTOM: Isaiah's prophecy does not mean God causes spiritual blindness in people who would otherwise have been faithful: This is a figure of speech common to Scripture revealing God as giving people up to their own devices: (see in Romans 1:24-26): what is meant by HE HAS BLINDED is that God has permitted their self-chosen blindness- see and compare (Exodus 8:15, & 32 with Exodus 10:20, 27): they did not become blind because God spoke through Isaiah, but rather Isaiah spoke because he foresaw their blindness:

12:41: ISAIAH...SAW HIS (CHRIST'S) GLORY: in about 700 BC (Isaiah 6:1) and SPOKE OF HIM in many places throughout his lengthy prophecy!!!

12:42-43: THESE RULERS, according to St. John Chrysostom, are in reality the worst of slaves in that they are enslaved by the opinions OF MEN: This keeps them from leading as GOD would have them lead:


YESHUA' (JESUS') WORDS: FROM THE FATHER

JOHN 12:44-50

12:47-48: CHRIST DOES NOT JUDGE: with favoritism or partiality: He has spoken the WORDS of life, words of love, forgiveness, repentance, virtue, and mercy: His words will be unbending standard by which all people are judged by ON THE LAST DAY!!!


"Serving Yeshua (Jesus) is all about bearing our own CROSS and defying the odds!!! Being a follower of Christ was never meant to be easy but instead a life of faith and endurance!!! Being His isn't about having a certain image and it isn't about fancy words, catch phrases- No Christ isn't mainstream at all and He isn't flashy, but instead came to call sinners to repentance!!! He is the God of the broken it's the sick that needs a healer so today I stand knowing one thing Christ is my Judge, my jury, my protector, my comforter but most importantly He is my eternal peace and nothing on this planet can destroy that!!!


-CHRIST DOES NOT JUDGE: with favoritism or partiality: He has spoken the WORDS of life, words of love, forgiveness, repentance, virtue, and mercy: His words will be unbending standard by which all people are judged by ON THE LAST DAY!!!

"WE DEPART IN PEACE IN THE NAME OF THE LORD- MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST!!!


END WITH THE LORD'S PRAYER!!!


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JEHOVAH SHALOM!!!


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