THE CHALLENGE OF THE CROSS
Jesse M. Hendley
(An outline of John 12)
This chapter closes the public ministry of Christ.
Chapter 13 to 21 tell of the private ministry of
Christ to His own. (Note: Jesus has things to say to
those who love Him which He cannot say to all people,
John 12-Three-fold Division:
Verses 1-11, The Feast at Bethany. The inner circle of
His friends who believe in Him.
Verses 12-19, The Triumphal Entry. The Jewish
multitude who have not believed.
Verses 20-36, The Request of the Greeks. The Gentile
lost world seeking Him.
The Feast at Bethany
The time of the feast. Six days before Passover,
before He dies on the cross, fulfilling the true
meaning of the Passover.
The place of the feast. Bethany, probably the home of
Simon the Leper (Matthew 26:6, 14:14).
The honor of the feast or supper was bestowed upon
Jesus. A special event.
The blessed participants. "They" made Him a feast.
1. "They"-the people of the village of Bethany.
2. Martha-"served." Always serving. 3. Lazarus-one of
the invited guests who, everyone knew, was a miracle
and owed his life to Jesus. A blessed picture of our
feasting with Jesus beyond the resurrection. We shall
sit at His table. Jesus will gird Himself and come
forth and serve us. Glory!
4. Mary - the most spiritual of all the Lord's people,
not excepting John. She only understood about His
death of which He had been telling them. Blessed Mary!
a. What she did to and for Jesus. Took a pound of
ointment. Ointment, anointing for special service for
God. Mary sensed Jesus was facing His death on the
cross as a sacrifice for our sins.
b. What she gave was of great cost. Love does not
count the cost. Spikenard, very costly.
c. Great reverence, love and humility were revealed in
her. She anointed the feet of Jesus, wiped His feet
hair, those blessed feet that walked all over the land
bringing the Gospel t ...
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