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The Hour Has Come

John 12:23-28


23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.


27 “Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!”



Jesus is troubled by what this hour holds—by what the Father is requiring.  Will He become the kernel of wheat He just spoke of?  Will He be willing to lose His life that He might keep it?  He, who would become life for many, would first have to choose life for Himself.


In the context of this gut wrenching decision to follow the will of His Father, He says to those who are near enough to hear, “Whoever serves me must follow me”.  No matter how difficult it is to follow, if He is leading, it will lead to life.  No matter what He requires, if He is requiring it, the result will be life.


As Adam’s choice led to death, Jesus’ led to life.  By example, He shows us the path to the life He came to give.  If we are to have this life, we must choose as He chose—follow as He followed.  The hour has come.


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