The Gospel of John VI - Lesson 3

                              Return to Jerusalem                                   John 12:1-50                                     (Continued)

  1. PRESENTED TO THE MULTITUDES (John 12:12-36) (Continued)
    1. The Message of the Saviour (John 12:23-33) (Continued)
      1. Glorified by the Father (John 12:28-30)
        1. Past: the three witnesses from the Father (2 Peter 1:16-18)
          1. At His baptism (Matthew 3:16-17)
          2. At His transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-2, 5)
          3. Before His crucifixion (John 12:28)
        2. Future (Ephesians 1:20-23)
          1. The fact of glorification (Acts 3:13; 1 Peter 1:21)
          2. The act of glorification (Hebrews 2:5-9)
          3. The time of glorification (John 12:23; John 13:31)
          4. After His glorification (John 7:39; John 12:16)
          5. The restoration of glory (John 17:1,5)
          6. The taking of His priestly office (Hebrews 5:5)
      2. Glorified in conquest (John 12:31-33)
        1. Victorious over the devil (John 12:31; John 16:11)
        2. Victorious over death (John 12:32-33; John 14:19; Hebrews 2:14-15)
          1. Mode of death (John 19:16-18; Galatians 3:13)
          2. Power of death (John 10:17-18; John 19:10-11; Revelation 1:18)
    2. The Light of the World (John 12:34-36)
      1. The question of the people (John 12:34)
        1. The Messiah is to live forever (Isaiah 9:7; Daniel 7:14).
        2. How can the Messiah die?
        3. Who is the Son of man?
      2. The presence of the light (John 12:35-36)
        1. Walk in the light (John 12:35; Ephesians 5:8).
          1. While the light is with you (John 1:6-9; John 3:19-21; John 8:12; John 9:5; John 12:46)
          2. Unless darkness come upon you (Jeremiah 13:16-17; Romans 11:7-10; 2 Corinthians 3:14)
        2. Believe in the light (John 12:36; John 8:12).
          1. While you have the light
          2. To become the children of light (Ephesians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:5)
  2. PASSED OVER BY THE MANY (John 12:37-50)
    1. The Boldness of Their Rejection (John 12:37)
      1. Despite His miracles (John 5:36)
      2. Refusing to believe (cp. Matthew 13:58)
    2. The Prophecy of Their Rejection (John 12:38-41)
      1. The first quotation (John 12:38; Isaiah 53:1)
        1. Also quoted in Romans 10:16
        2. The true believers will be a minority.
      2. The second quotation (John 12:39-41; Isaiah 6:1, 8-10)
        1. One of the most often quoted passages in the New Testament (Matthew 13:14-15; Mark 4:12; Luke 8:10; John 12:38; Acts 28:26.27; Romans 11:8)
        2. The majority will be blinded.
    3. The Cause of Their Rejection (John 12:42-43)
      1. Not the lack of belief (John 12:42; Acts 26:26-29)
        1. They believed on Him (John 3:2).
        2. They did not confess Him (Luke 12:8-9; Romans 10:9-10; 1 John 4:2-3, 15; 2 John 1:7).
        3. Note: it is possible to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and still not be saved (John 8:30-37, 44; James 2:19).
        4. Lest they should be put out of the synagogue (John 9:22, 30-34)
      2. But the fear of man (John 12:42; Proverbs 29:25; Galatians 1:10)
      3. Note: the sin of seeking the praise of men (John 12:43)
        1. Seeking their own glory (Proverbs 25:27; Galatians 5:26; 1 Thessalonians 2:6)
        2. Desiring to be seen of men (Matthew 6:1-6, 16; Matthew 23:5-7; Luke 20:47)
        3. Desiring to appear righteous (Matthew 23:28; Luke 16:15)
        4. Desiring to compare favorably (2 Corinthians 10:12)
        5. Declaring their own praise (John 7:18; 2 Corinthians 10:18)
David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 23:9

Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.