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Give Up Your Control (2 of 5)
Series: Give it Up
Good morning. We’re taking the season of Lent to get our hearts prepared for Easter weekend. And the way we’re doing that is by focusing on the final week of Jesus’ life. So remember: he arrived in Jerusalem, riding on a donkey, on Palm Sunday - right? - five days before the crucifixion. And those few days are so dense - they’re packed with significant events and conversations. So as we focus on the events of that final week, we’re asking the question: “What is God calling me to give up?” Not so I can pat myself on the back and feel like God loves me more - because He won’t! But it’s a giving up in order to make more room for Jesus.
So…today’s passage is in John chapter 12, beginning in verse 20. Here it is:
20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus. 23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces much fruit. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
Here’s what we’re going to see from this passage - very straightforward: first, The Example of Jesus. And second, The Invitation of Jesus. Alright? His example, and his invitation.
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