Encouraging Jesus

John 12:27-30 WEB

“Now my soul is troubled. What shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this time?’ But for this cause I came to this time. [28] Father, glorify your name!” Then there came a voice out of the sky, saying, “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” [29] The multitude therefore, who stood by and heard it, said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” [30] Jesus answered, “This voice hasn’t come for my sake, but for your sakes.


Jesus had just finished telling the crowd that a grain of wheat must die to be fruitful (John 12:24). Afterward, he was troubled in his Spirit. It seems clear at this point Jesus realized he was going to die. He was stressed because of this coming trouble. Yet, he did not turn away from the purposes of God. And as his growing understanding came to full fruit, the Father reached out and said that glory is coming. And Jesus believed.

He always believed. From the time he was a child Jesus believed in God and believed in his destiny in God. He did not always know how hard it was going to be. He didn’t pick the Apostles and joyfully declare they were on a death march. No, he gave the disciples hope that they would see God if they followed him. And in fact, the Apostles and the disciples all saw the miracles. They all ate the bread that Jesus multiplied (Mat 14:18). They saw the blind eyes open (Mat 12:22), and they saw men white with leprosy healed before their eyes (Mat 8:1-3). They had experienced God’s glory.

Now it was time for God to glorify his name. In fact, the voice from heaven said that God’s name had already been glorified. Moreover, the Jewish people refrained from speaking the name of God. Instead of calling him Yahweh, they called him Lord. So, God’s name was glorified in the Jewish people. But now he was going to glorify it again. This time the glory was going to be in the name of Jesus. When God said he would glorify his name again it was a promise to Jesus. It was a promise made after Jesus realized he was going to die and decided to continue with God.


Lord, when difficult things are expected of me, please help me say yes to you with full confidence. Help me recognize when you are asking me to do something for your glory and not for my glory. Let me be joyful in the offering. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Understanding or Trust?

John 6:64-66 WEB

But there are some of you who don’t believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who didn’t believe, and who it was who would betray him. [65] He said, “For this cause have I said to you that no one can come to me, unless it is given to him by my Father.” [66] At this, many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.


Have you ever regretted being a Christian? Has God ever asked you to do something you did not like? There are times our flesh rebels against the work of the Spirit in our lives. Giving up our lives is hard (Luke 14:27). If it were easy, there would be much more victory in the church (Jam 4:7). If people could serve God without submitting their will to him there would be many more Christians (Rom 1:28). When we come to Christ, there are times when what he asks us offends (Phi 1:9-11).

Offense is a blight in the church (Mat 11:6). The disciples who left Jesus in the above passage became offended by something they could not understand (John 13:7). In the preceding verses, Jesus told the disciples they had to eat his flesh. I believe eating Jesus means suffering in service to him (1 Pe 4:13). However, the disciples thought he was talking about actual cannibalism (John 6:54). They could not understand so they would not trust (John 6:60).

Obedience comes from two places, understanding, and trust (Pro 3:5). When we obey God because we trust him, we are protected from offense (James 5:16). However, if we demand God explain himself, we are going to become offended (John 14:5). God is kind and explains many things through his Holy Word and his Holy Spirit (Is 41:10). However, if we demand God give us understanding we are not in trust (John 6:52). When we trust God’s motives, we no longer demand to understand (Rom 4:5).


Lord Jesus, please teach me to trust you completely. Forgive me for demanding understanding as a prerequisite to obedience. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.


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