Facing a horrible death,
Jesus willingly planted His life as a seed
from which eternal life would grow for many.
“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal.” (John 12:23-25, NASB)
Jesus faced total humiliation,
yet His concern was for the Father’s glory.
“Now my soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.” (John 12:27-28, NASB)
Jesus was about to be condemned and abused as the most dangerous kind of criminal,
yet He only saw Satan being condemned and cast out.
“Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.” (John 12:31, NASB)
Jesus would soon be nailed to a cross and hoisted high in shame and agony,
yet He viewed it as His greatest opportunity to draw all people to life in the Father.
“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.” (John 12:32, NASB)
As He approached suffering, injustice, and death,
Jesus’ heart overflowed with love for His Father and those around Him.
Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. (John 13:1, NASB)
Father, in His hour of greatest trial,
Jesus’ thoughts were full of You.
Give me the mind and Spirit of Christ.