PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: John 12:20-26
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” (John 12:25)
Jesus’s reputation caught the attention of Greek visitors in Jerusalem (12:20).
They are brought to Jesus, but then Jesus speaks these harsh words… why?
‘Life in this world’ was designed by God to be a gift.
And yet for most – these Greeks too? – it is a miserable, difficult experience.
Sin has made ‘life in this world’ unbearable, filled with injustice, cruelty and pain.
This is what Jesus wants us to hate, and why Jesus came, suffered and died.
He came committed to love, justice, mercy, and was crucified for it.
He hated ‘life in this world’ because he loved God and loved people!
Following Jesus means hating what ‘life in this world’ has become.
Even if life is not hard for me, I should hate how it is hard for others.
If we would like to see Jesus, we need to go where he is, among those who suffer.
If we want to see eternal life for everyone, we need to join Jesus in sharing it.
Jesus is the love seed that produces many love seeds, so that we can sow it too!
I wonder if these Greeks were willing to accept Jesus’s invitation… am I?
Lord, how can I be content with my own comfort when so many others are struggling. Help me to see you as I join with you among those who struggle and suffer, sharing God’s love with them.