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A Willing Sacrifice

John 12:20-36


Jesus 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. Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. Anyone who wants
to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will
honor anyone who serves me.”

“Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is
the very reason I came! Father, bring glory to your name.”

Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought glory to my name, and I will
do so again.” (John 12:23-28)


This passage is a beautiful picture of the necessary sacrifice of Jesus. Unless a kernel of
wheat is buried in the ground, it will not become a blade of wheat producing many more seeds.
Jesus knew his crucifixion lay ahead and, because he was human, he dreaded it. He knew he
would have to take the sins of the world on himself, and that this would separate him from
his Father. He wanted to be delivered from this horrible death, but he knew that God sent
him into the world to die for our sins, in our place. Jesus said no to his human desires
in order to obey his Father and glorify him.

Jesus had to die to pay the penalty for our sin, but also to show his power over death. His
resurrection proves he has eternal life. Because Jesus is God, Jesus can give this same
eternal life to all who believe in him.


Jesus died, once for all (1 Peter 3:18). In honor of his sacrifice, the apostle Paul writes,
“I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them
be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to
worship him” (Romans 12:1). How do you show that you’re a living sacrifice? What would you
say to someone who questions the appeal of this type of lifestyle?

Hold On Tight!

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).

As we journey through life we hit bumps, fall into holes, and have to climb mountains. Life isn’t traveled on a smooth, straight, easy road. Satan uses that to work on us, causing us to doubt God.

At one time, we confessed that Jesus is the Christ, Son of God, Lord, and God. We heard the promises and rejoiced. Then the events of life happened. Our hold on our belief loosened a little and we wavered. We forgot the simple truth of the gospel message. Jesus died for all our sins, He was buried, raised on the third day, and was seen by many, many witnesses (I Corinthians 15:1-8).


Rising to the Occasion

Leviticus 23:1-8


The LORD said to Moses, “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. These are the LORD’s appointed festivals, which you are to proclaim as official days for holy assembly.”

“You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of complete rest, an official day for holy assembly. It is the LORD’s Sabbath day, and it must be observed wherever you live.

“In addition to the Sabbath, these are the LORD’s appointed festivals, the official days for holy assembly that are to be celebrated at their proper times each year.”