Holy Tuesday

Psalm 89:19–37, Isaiah 52:13–53:3, John 12:20-43

Imagine all the rumors you were hearing about , who had dared to ride into Jerusalem as a king. There were Greeks that were ever looking for . For some that just proved was not really the Messiah or a righteous man. To , it added something else to the mystery that was this . Many years later, some people took the Gentile (e.g., the Greeks) inte in as a symbol that now it was time because even non-Jews were now inteed in the Messiah. The way John approached it, however, the Greek inte does seem to be some sort of trigger. In general terms, talks about death and how that leads to new . That new would not be just for one, but for many. then says words that prefigure the words in the Garden of Gethsemane regarding the coming cross.

That speaks from the clouds in response to , as noted, was not for his sake, but for the sake of the people around him. This would have included his disciples. The cross was both torture and humiliation, plus death. From a Jewish or even Roman , there is no way that there was any glory—or could possibly any glory—with the cross. It was inconceivable.

In response, his listeners quote Psalm 89 to regarding the Messiah. Are they asking for scriptural proof, or are they looking for the scriptural veto? gives a quick encouragement about staying in the and then disappears. The Light of the World disappeared. Another action that prefigured an event (the tomb) that was to come. John quotes Isaiah to then show the hardness of of the people who surrounded . As much as we can carry the into the world, we should. We just need to keep in mind that we are not . People who could put their hand out and touch did not believe in him and even many of those that did chose this over the .

1) Every day we often have to choose between the and this . In what areas of your are you struggling with this?

2) Many times we can shake our heads at those who could see , but still denied him. We think ourselves unable to do that. However, do you really see the image of in everyone you meet?

3) Why is ’ parable of the wheat important? What does it tell you about your ?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.