The religious leaders of Jesus’ day watched in frustration as hundreds of the Jews, amazed that Lazarus had been raised from the dead, were spreading the story far and wide. They saw the enormous crowds cheering Jesus as He entered Jerusalem in triumph. “What can we do?” they asked amongst themselves. “The whole world has gone after Him!”

And it was not only Jews who wanted to see Jesus; there were Greeks, too, present in Jerusalem for the Passover, who came to Philip, “We want to meet Jesus!” they said.Philip found Andrew, and together they brought this request to Jesus. He replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into His glory. 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.” John 12:24,25 NLT

As He spoke these words, Jesus Himself, like the kernel of wheat, was alone…. the only completely sinless Man in the whole world, in the whole of history. Had He entered His glory at that moment, He would have gone alone. Although He was now disguised in His human form, He was still the same person Who had been white and radiant and terrifying on the mount of Transfiguration, the Beloved Son of God, Who had completely vindicated His Father by leading a sinless life.

But He had left that mountaintop, not to go back to His native glory, but to descend again into the valley, to live among men with their doubts and fears, their demons and their sicknesses, their lack of understanding and even their hatred.

And now the time was drawing near when He would submit even further, all the way to His death on the cross. He would die alone, forsaken of all, and be buried in the ground. But He knew that His death would bring ” a plentiful harvest of new lives”, and would result in “bringing many sons into glory.”

 

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