Summary: Exposition of John
Text: John 12:23-26, Title: Dying to Live, Date/Place: NRBC, 2.17.13, AM
A. Opening illustration: that song a couple years ago by Tim McGraw called Live Like You Were Dying
B. Background to passage: I’m skipping over the triumphal entry passage for now, may come back on Palm
Sunday, but not sure yet. I want to focus on the teaching passages of the last week of Jesus’ life. This next
teaching does come in the context of the wake of excitement after the triumphal entry. The Pharisees noted
that “the whole world has gone after him,” and began to plan to kill him. It is interesting that John specifies
that these were Greeks (probably “God-fearers”) who wanted more than a sighting or an autograph, they
wanted time to interview and engage with Jesus. We are not told whether or not Jesus did anything with their
request, but we are given the teaching that their desire precipitates.
C. Main thought: Jesus gives to foundational centerpieces to the significance of the events that will culminate by
the end of that week: the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus
The Centerpiece of Christianity (v. 23-24)
1. This is the first time Jesus has spoken of “the hour” being here. Perfect tense. This “hour” is the reason
for which he has come, foreordained from before the foundation of the world, not a cosmic fix to a
jumbled up mess. He speaks of this “hour” as the time when He would be glorified. This “hour” is his
crucifixion, death, and resurrection. This the centerpiece of our faith. It is the only thing that makes our
faith possible. It is that which makes reconciliation and salvation possible. Preach the cross! Recount
some of the details, and speak of their beauty.
2. So how is a violent, bloody, humiliating death glory? Glorification means for something to be adorned
with appropriate splendor. It’s beauty comes in a number of facets, in fact too many to even comprehend.
But here are a few as we think about the glory of the cross. 1) the beautification of the character of Christ,
2) the accomplishment of the Father’s will, 3) the submissive obedience to death, 4) the unjust suffering
and sacrifice, 5) the forgiveness of sinners, 6) the love of God poured out on us making a way for the
ungodly to be declared clean and righteous. The greatest tragedy of justice ever told is the most glorious
event in the history of creation!
3. John 17:1-5, Isa 60:9
4. Illustration: read some hymns from the hymnal, pages 140 on, While preparing for a communion service
in 1707, Isaac Watts wrote this deeply moving and very personal expression of gratitude for the amazing
love that the death of Christ on the cross
5. The cross is not only central to salvation, which is most important, but it is central to everything about our
lives in Christ. It informs our relationships about the sinful influences that affect the way that we treat
people. It reminds us of our desperate need for Christ in overcoming sin and brokenness in our lives due