A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
John 12:32) And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. Romans 5:18; Hebrews 2:9. The soul that was at a distance from Christ (for whatever reason), is brought to love Him and trust Him. There is power in the death of Christ to draw souls to Him.
“Jesus Predicts His Death”, John 12:20) And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: 21) The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. 22) Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus. 23) And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. John 13:32. 24) Verily, verily, (Truly, truly) I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 1Corinthians 15:36. 25) He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. Luke 9:24. 26) If any man serve Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall also My servant be: if any man serve Me, him will My Father honour. 1Thessalonians 4:17. 27) Now is My soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. 28) Father, glorify Thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. 29) The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered; others said, An angel spake to Him. 30) Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of Me, but for your sakes. 31) Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. Ephesians 2:2. 32) And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me. Romans 5:18; Hebrews 2:9. 33) This He said, signifying what death he should die. 34) The people answered Him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest Thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man? 2Samuel 7:13; Micah 4:7. 35) Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. Isaiah 2:5; Jeremiah 13:16; Ephesians 5:8. 36) While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide Himself from them.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v20-26 The great desire of our souls should be to see Jesus; to see Him as ours, to keep up communion (fellowship, companionship) with Him, and derive Grace (His Kindness) from Him. The calling of the Gentiles (Greeks) magnified the Redeemer. A corn of wheat yields no increase unless it is cast into to the ground. The salvation of souls is owing to the Death of Christ, the dying of this Corn of Wheat. Let us search for Christ to be in us and know the Hope of Glory (Praise): let us beg Him to make us indifferent to the concerns of this life, that we may serve the Lord Jesus. v27-33 Christ was willing to suffer, yet prayed to be saved from suffering. Prayer against trouble needs patience and submission to the will of God. Christ, bringing the world to God by the doctrine of His Cross, broke the power of sin, and cast out Satan as a deceiver. The soul that was at a distance from Christ is brought to love him and trust him. We have heard from the gospel that which exalts “free grace”, and we have heard also that which enjoins (commands) duty; we must from the heart embrace both, and not separate them. v34-36 The people drew false notions from the Scriptures, because they overlooked the prophecies that spoke of Christ’s sufferings and death. Those who would walk in His Light must believe in Him and follow His directions. Those that have not faith find a thousand objections to excuse their unbelief.