- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read John 12
Jesus began the end of his public ministry.
Beginning with the story in chapter 11, that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and that taught his own death and resurrection, John continues writing Jesus’ ministry toward the end of his public ministry in chapter 12
Anointing — Mary’s anointing on Jesus feet with her hair was an act of gratitude, respect, and an act of acknowledging who Jesus was, the suffering Messiah. Jesus saw her anointing himself as preparation of his own death.
Entry into Jerusalem —- Jesus rode a donkey and the crowd shouted out, “Hosanna,” meaning “Save now, I pray, O Lord.” It is a song of celebration comes from Psalm 118:25-26, and prophetic voice from Zechariah 9:9. The crowds welcomed Jesus as a king who would deliver them from Rome’s oppression. But disciples understood all this after Jesus died on the cross.
Prediction of his death —- Jesus taught of life that led to eternity. The word, “hate” in verse 25 means to set into secondary, not emotional feeling as we understand in modern life. The life Jesus taught had two dimensions; “bios” a physical life and “zoe” a spiritual life living in relationship with God. To die to bios is to live to zoe. “a kernel of wheat that falls to the ground and died,” indicated Jesus himself, his own redemptive death for all to live eternally.
The voice from heaven —- This voice is one of other two voices from God; at the Jordan river when he was baptized and at the Mount of Transfiguration when Jesus was transfigured while talking with Moses and Elijah. These voices confirmed who Jesus was and why he was sent to the world, his identity as suffering messiah and his mission of redemptive death.
Believe — In chapter 12, John positions Jesus as the final authority on the significance of his public ministry in the world. “put your truest in the light,” was Jesus’ invitation for people to believe in him, but not all of them still would not believe even though they saw the miracles of Jesus because “they loved praise from men more than praising from God. John’s witness to Jesus is always for audience, for readers, to believe him and to have life. To those who believe have life and to those who do not, judgement.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.