Dying to Live
Open your Bibles to the Gospel of John, chapter 12. In these five sessions I have with you this week, I am going to be talking about Jesus before and after the cross. The gathering storm of victory as Jesus approached the cross, and was on the cross, and then after the cross. The turning point in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ comes within the passage we are reading this morning.
Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, Sir, we would see Jesus. Philip went and told Andrew. Then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it abides alone. It remains just a single grain. But if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it. Those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me—and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.
Sigmund Freud, who was the father of modern psychiatry and not a Christian, had a favorite story. It was of a sailor who had been shipwrecked and washed upon a tropical island. The natives of that island took him and made him king, absolute ruler for a year. After that year, he was to be banished to a deserted island. They explained to him that he had two choices. With the first choice, everything he wanted during that year of his kingship would be given to him. He could immediately take that which was given to him and use it, consume it, enjoy it for the present, and then be banished to a deserted island without any resources. Or, he had a second choice: he could take all that he received during that year of kingship and conserve it, lay it aside so that when he was banished to that deserted ...
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