John 2:4 My hour has not yet come
John 7:30 They were seeking to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him because his hour had not yet come.
John 8:20 No one arrested him because his hour has not yet come.
Note: This is a machine transcription, and it has not been reviewed for accuracy.we're going to be in the book of John today. So if you could be in the gospel of John Chapter twelve If you could find your way there in your Bibles, John, Chapter twelve. If you didn't bring a Bible today, that's fine. We'LL have the versus the pertinent versus up on the screen, I think. But if you have a Bible, bring it. And if not, we'll try to get you a Bible. So this week I was I was watching. I was actually working on something in my house And you ever have that situation happen where you your kids have something on TV like Dora the Explorer or something like that? And then you just find yourself kind of like watching it, too. But you're not telling anybody that you're watching Dora the Explorer someday. Someday it may happen. Well, this week I was watching a magician show that my kid had on, and it was a show about howto howto revealing the tricks of the trade. The magician's tell all kind of shows so they would do the trick and then they would show you from the different camera angles. What was happening with the trick and I'm still speak to another work. But I'm getting caught up in at some point, I realized I think I'm the only one in the room watching the show. But I'm learning all the tricks, right. So I'm gonna bring them out for you today. No, I'm not. But the cabin's that kept doing the tricks. And then they would They would like trying to like qu that there is something about to happen that way. Did you see it? If you blink, you'LL miss it and I'm like trying to keep my eyes open from blinking. I'm looking at the magic act. I'm looking right at it. I'm looking right at the trick and I can't figure out what's happening because if you blink, you missed it. And I think that for many people and perhaps for you today, life is so busy in the hostel and bustle off all that we have going on in our respective worlds, you might not have even realized that Easter is next week. You might not have even realized that today is Palm Sunday in the church calendar, I see some some confessional nods. It's yeah, it's next week and If you blink, you will miss it and Easter will come and go And you will have missed why Jesus came And you'LL miss the joy of celebrating and treasuring Christ in this unbelievable unrepeatable events this salvation that was guaranteed on the cross of Calvary You'LL miss it and I don't want you to blink and Miss Easter. That's my heart for you this morning. So we're going to combat the business of life this morning by having a a staring contest in John, Chapter twelve. We're going to stare, and we're not going to blink. I mean, actually you can, but you get the metaphor right and we're going to stare, No blinking allowed, and we're going to see Jesus. And that's actually in this tax, this call to see Jesus and really just to be just to be up front, this is going to more of a devotional kind of a message. This morning. I want us to just devote ourselves to a glimpse of Jesus. And maybe God will use this morning's meditation to help you think more about Christ. This week, as we march our way along with him to the cross on Friday and to the grave on Saturday into the resurrection on Sunday. That's my hope. God, would you help us to do what we know you're passionate about doing, which is to make Jesus glorious make to show him as glorious to help us feel how glorious he is. So that all the other things of this world which screamed for our attention and our loyalties would seem foolish in comparison to Jesus. And that's not because of our religion. That's because of history. That's because you have done something in this world through Christ. And so would you grip our hearts again this morning? Help us to see and help us to cause Help us to worship, cause us to worship. Lord, This morning we pray in Jesusname. Hey, amen. So I picked the Gospel of John one of my favorite gospels. I picked Chapter twelve one of my favorite chapters, because this scene is sort of a catalytic scene in the gospel. This scene is a scene of of the gathering of the Passover feast, and here's some of the background that's leading up to Chapter twelve. First twelve. The Passover feast is that hand. So once a year feast people come from all over the land and they flood the streets of Jerusalem and they come to celebrate this feast together. So it's like having, ah, lot of extra people at your house for a party. Jerusalem would swell up to two point seven million people into the city as just see fists of historian records. For us, this is a massive influx of people, and they're here, this particular passed over to celebrate the feast. But they're also here, many of them because they want to see Jesus. They know Jesus is coming to this feast. Now back up in the history three years earlier. Jesus, Is that the same feast? And this is a scene in John, Chapter two, where Jesus comes in. He sees the money changers. He sees what's taken place in the temple, and he turns over the tables and he drives them out with his voice. He's purifying the temple, and Jesus have spent the last three years leading up to this scene here, doing all sorts of amazing and powerful miracles all over the gospel. We see him healing people. So the blind See and John, Chapter A and and the lame can walk, and he's creating food for the masses out of a few loaves and a few fish. And he raises in the chapter before this, one of the most moving scenes in the gospel, Jesus raises his friend Lazarus from the grave. Lazarus dies. Jesus waits a few days before he goes. Everyone's like, Where were you? Jesus? And he says, I'm here to show you the power of God. And this resurrection of Lazarus from the grave is foreshadowing what Jesus himself is going to experience as he goes to the cross at the end of this week. Now you can you imagine that someone who was dead and right risen from the dead like Lazarus that that kind of news. As Lazarus shows up at parties, that kind of news is going to spread. And that news is beginning to spread all over the city. It says here in our text that they had heard this news in verse seventeen, the crowd a bit with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead that continue to bear witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was they heard he had done this sign and so news. They're spreading into the city. They hear that Jesus, the resurrection one Jesus, the one with power. Jesus the miracle worker, Jesus the healer Jesus the transformer of fish and bread in tow and multiplies Thiss Jesus with all of this power is at the city. He's coming to the city for the feast. And so they do what they do. They pick up palm branches and they go out to the front of the city and they cheer him on as he makes his entrance. All of that is backdrop. Now read with me in verse twelve. So the next day, here we are now. The next day, the large crowd that I've come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Even the King of Israel and Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written. Fear not, Daughter of Zion. Behold your king is coming! Sitting on a donkey's colt, his disciples to not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things have been written about him and have been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness to. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. So the fair's, he said to one another. You see that you're gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him. This is God's word. So they pick up palm branches and they're cheering Jesus on the shouting. Hosanna, hosanna! Hosanna! Which means save were save us safe. And then the crowd quotes from Psalm one eighteen, verse twenty six when they say blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. So there is this idea that starting toe perk early amongst the proud that Jesus is the one who's come to save that. He's the Psalm one eighteen, twenty six one, the blasted one who's come in the name of the Lord? But then they go on to add their own words. They had even the King of Israel. And now we get to see the very first glimpse of what is is happening here. This is a coronation ceremony. This is their way of celebrating the King, the victorious King. This is this would be what they would do when a king would return home from war. You know, we might, you know, in kind of like Americana, we would have a ticket tape parade when soldiers would come home, and and there would be this this triumphal cheering as they came and they went on the parade. And this is what this is kind of what this thing is like. They've They've got this in their mind. Word has travelled. Expectations have been raised. This Jesus is the one that has the power to do anything and everything. This Jesus is the one who, with powerful miracles, can can can raise them from the dead than this one. Must be the Messiah who is going to vanquish Rome. See, they think that Jesus is the one who's going to deliver them from the oppression that they have experienced. They know that Jesus has come. They know that he's from God. They know that he's to save. But they don't understand from what they want to crown him here as the king of their agenda. How often do you expect Jesus to do what you want? And when he doesn't do what you want? You get offended because he didn't come through for you. How often do you assign Jesus His part? You know, you give him his lines and you get disappointed when he doesn't deliver them the way you wrote them. The issue is not with Jesus. The issue is with us. The issue is with our expectations of Jesus. I think that we're just like these people. In some ways, we We all too often want a crown Jesus the king, But not the king of kings and the Lord of Lords But the king of our agenda. Ah King, who serves what we want. Ah King, who is going to make us successful? Ah King is going to take away our sickness. A king who's going toe Take away our suffering. A king that's going to give us a new sofa. Ah, King that's going to give us a new car, a king that's going to give us everything we want in just three wishes. And this Jesus is no genie. He is a king, but he's not the kind of king that they envision. And the way he comes into the city actually tells them this in a symbolic sort of way. Look at look at what he does in verse fourteen. So they're cheering right there, waving the palm branches and Jesus. First fourteen finds a young donkey and sat on it. Well, yeah, that's, you know, that makes sense, right? That's what you would do, right? Go find the donkey and then it says, just as it is written. Fear not, Daughter of Zion. Behold, your king is coming. City on a Dark is cool Now the disciples did know this because it says later that they remembered his words after he went to the cross and he was resurrected. Then they realized, Oh, yeah, that's Scripture was fulfilled in Jesus. But here they're just seeing him get on a donkey, and military leaders did not come in on donkeys. I don't know if you knew that or not. Military leaders coming on horses of war. Jesus comes in on a donkey and he is God's king. The King of Zion. But he's not a king of war. He is a king of peace. This quote here in versus fourteen first fifteen, comes from Zechariah. Chapter nine. It's a prophecy of Jesus and this exactly right. Nine. It prophesized that one would come. Who would be righteous having salvation, gentle and riding a donkey on a colt, the full of a donkey, And this one would come to make peace. Now listen, This is so key for us not to make peace between Israel and Rome, which is what the crowd thought he was going to do, but between God and us, between God and man, between God and you threw his death on the cross. That is Jesus's mission. That is the purpose or why he came. He came to save. The crowd is cheering. Hosanna, Roseanna, say save. But what they missed is what he has come to save us from, not from Rome, not from the American government. He's come to save us from our sins and more specifically, from God's wrath against our sins. That's why you came, the cheering him on with shouts. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord and they miss that. He's not just coming In the name of the Lord. He is the Lord. He's the Lord. He is the king ofthe kings over the whole world. Even the King of Israel come to bring peace with God and man. That's why Jesus came through this process. This whole story is leading up to it. And even in their day, it's impossible for them to see it. Even the disciples don't see it first sixteen. They did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified then they remembered that these things have been written about him and have been done to him. Sir. In the moment, they all missed the significance. They all missed the irony as the King of kings and the Lord of Lords is on the donkey to clearing. I am the one who has come to bring peace to Zion. And they missed it. I don't want you to miss it. Don't blink. Don't miss this king of peace. Who has come to make peace between you and God? Do you have piece this morning? Do you have peace? True peace with God? Do you know this Jesus, He's come for you. So they missed it. But what they don't miss is that Jesus is the superstar at this point. He is a rockstar. He's coming to the city. Everyone's cheered for him. The Farris. He's air getting nervous. Verse seventeen. Sorry. Excuse me. Pick it back up in verse nineteen. So the fares he said to one another. You see that you're gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him. This statement means Jesus was getting so much popularity that it seems as if everybody is following them. They're all followers, is what it seems like. This is This is ripe for revolution. Wouldn't you say Jesus is the man He's got the following the upswell. And now look what happens in verse twenty now among those who went up to worship at the feast where some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida and Galley and said and asked him, Sir, we wish to see Jesus. Philip went and told Andrew, Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus and Jesus answered them. The hour has come for the son of man to be glorified. I want a pause. Jesus tells us there's these people that have come. Or John tells us there's these people that have come up to up to the feast, that Greeks, this gospels written to a Greek audience primarily, and they come with this request and it's the right request. We want to see Jesus. We want to see Jesus that no one knows why they go to Phillip or why Philip goes to Andrew and then they both go to Jesus. I don't know why, but for whatever reasons, this team takes place when these, when this request comes that want to see Jesus, it's like a combination lock that's finally slipped into place. Something in this request triggers the response from Jesus that his disciples have been waiting for through the entire gospel. The hour has come. When is the out? We're going to come Jesus. He's been talking about this hour. That's too big to come for the son of man to be glorified throughout the whole Gospel. So we're just jumping into John. If you want to go back and read the gospel, it's beautiful. But John, Chapter two, he's at the wedding, and mom asked him to make wine, and he says my hour has not yet come. And then in John, Chapter seven, he's at another one of the Jewish feast, and they seek to arrest him and in verse thirty and no one laid a hand on him because his hour had not yet come. And then again in Chapter eight, they tried to arrest him again, but his hour had not yet come. And after all of these moments, where we're told that his hour had not yet come. Now it's finally here for Jesus, the king to be glorified. He's got all the momentum. He's got all the support. It's time to take the revolution to the next level. He's got the fairest. He's scared. This is the time to make his move, and his disciples have to be asking themselves what Jesus going to do? What is he going to do? We're going to take his whip out again. Is he going to call down Fire from the sky? And here's how the son of man will be glorified. He's going to die. The king will die and one of the most profound sentences in the whole Bible, Jesus says truly. Tooley. Remember a few weeks ago I said that's was what a man means, right? Ha main Khamenei. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone. But if it dies, if it dies, it bears much fruit. This is a paradox. This is the paradox for how, for how we think this is completely backwards, from how we think about our lives and how we would think about what God might do. Jesus comes and he re orient the whole picture off what kind of king he is and what kind of kingdom he's come to inaugurate. His kingdom is inaugurated not through some formal poppin circumstance where they bring him out. They got lots of flowers and the balance of people that are even find foods. No, his inauguration is with his death on a cross. It's his death that brings forth life. It's his death is his victory, and this king of paradox will be crowned glorified when he's nailed to the cross into the grave and resurrected on the third day. That's how you get into the kingdom as a follower of Christ. You must die, go into the grave. The old man and you must be raised to new life in Jesus. Anyone who follows Jesus has to follow him into his paradoxical kingdom. Which is why he says, I must go into the ground. This feed must go into the ground, must be buried and then look what he says it was twenty five points it to you and to me, whoever loses his life loves his life, loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me. And where I am there will my servant be also, if anyone serves me the father, Father will honor him. What does this mean? Think about this with me. Please, Let's let's stay focused on this. What does it mean when he says whoever loves their life loses it? And what does he mean when he says whoever hates his life in this world keeps it right? I don't think he's encouraging suicide. He's not saying that he's not commanding us. Tow on Lee. Think negative thoughts about ourselves. I hate myself. What he is saying is that contrary to the way that the disciples might think or the way you might think is that the way God's kingdom works is backwards to the way that the world works. The way up is actually the way down to be low is actually to be high. And you must get rid of your love of your life here, your reputation, your status. You must get rid of the love you have in this world for yourself. That keeps you away from loving Christ with all of your heart and all of your soul in all of your mind, all of your strength, strength and keeps you from sacrificing for him. And you gotta get rid of it by seeing a vision of Jesus that's more profound and compelling. The beauty of Jesus, he says. If you love your life, you will lose it. The rest of the scriptures tell us that if you're not a Christian, if you're not a follower of Christ, a genuine follower who has turned from their sins to follow after Jesus that you might have the best life on this earth you could get, you might have everything, and then when you die, you will turn all of that stuff over to somebody else and you will be judged for your sins. Because God is a holy God and arson is offensive against him. And he's got judgment coming. And if you're not in Christ, who is the shield to protect you from that wrath? You will take it and you cannot bear. You will spend your life eternal life apart from Christ. But the flip side is all the more gloriously true. If that something to be avoided at all costs, then getting Jesus is something that you should get at all costs. Because if you he hate your life in this world, you will actually keep it for eternal life. So listen, let me ask you this. Which would you rather have got a twenty dollar bill in your hands? You can give it away to somebody, and then later on, I get it back and keep it forever. Or you could have the twenty dollar bill for a short while and you could flash it around all your friends. And then at the end, you could give it away and lose it forever. Which would you rather have? I hope you choose the option. The first option, he says. I look nine if anyone would come after me and come after me he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me for whoever wants to save his life will lose it. But whoever loses his life for me will save it. Sometimes in Christianity, the way that we think about discipline and obedience and holiness is like this. Oh, itself will just I just gotta, like, put this on myself and do it Just resist. And the better picture here is see the vision of Jesus and the joy of eternal life with God, the father and all of the saints in glory without sin and see that vision and say, I want that guy. I choose that. And so I'm going toe not choose this because that's foolish when I can have all of this. It does seem backwards, though in our day, doesn't it? It sounds backwards to say Give up what you have now so you can have all later. It sounds backwards to us and send it backwards for the disciples as well. Our culture tells us that our goal in life is to be happy to be self fulfilled, to be to build up your self esteem to reach the fulfillment, to be the better. You seven steps to a better you, that's I think that's thumbs up. What what I think of when I think of modern day America? It's Tze called toe being the better you and I think if Jesus gave seven steps, it might read something like this. Step one. Repent Step two. Lose your life, Step three. Hate your life in this world Step four. Deny yourself. Step five. Pick up your cross step six. Follow God's will. Step seven. Experience abundant life and joy so you don't need to be a better you. You need the cross. You need the grain of wheat to fall to the ground and die for your sins so that it can bear fruit in your life. And the problem with following Jesus is that it's costly. It's costly to follow. Christ, we want a king who we can follow but doesn't cost us anything, and he's making it abundantly clear. This is an all or nothing trade off. You don't get just a little bit of Jesus and get to keep your foot in the world at the same time. It just doesn't work that way. The follow Christ means it's going to cost us in this world. But it means that we will get in gain everything, everything that we need, everything that we will enjoy forever. It is an investment in eternal investments. So our time on this earth is not for us. It's for him. Our money on this earth is not for us. It's for him. Our houses are not just for us to make pretty there for him. Our jobs are for him. Our family's heir for him. If you are a servant of Jesus than nothing, that is yours is now yours. It is now his in the service of the king. Even if it costs you everything on this earth to do it, he will be glad. Because if you lose your life in this world, you will gain it. And friends. That is the hope that we have as Christians. That's why we will sing together next Sunday. Death? Where is your sting? Because death can't touch us now. Yeah, we may hand over all of our stuff to somebody else, but we're getting it all back and more. I promise you that he's not just the king of peace. He's not just the king of paradox. He's also joyfully the king of promise. We're going to read that now. In first twenty seven, Jesus says he's made the statement that the hour has now come this hour to be glorified. This hour that we know at the end of the story is really the cross. And he's calling his disciples and calling us to respond. Don't be one who loses his life eternally and now he reflects upon what's about to happen and read along with me in Verse twenty seven. Now is my soul troubled? Jesus says. And what shall I say, Father? Save me from this hour. But for this purpose, I have come to this hour, Father, glorify your name friends. You can you can get a theology of suffering in just these two verses. Then a voice came from heaven. I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again. The crowd stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said an angel has spoken. Jesus answered. This voice has come for your sake, not mine. Now is the judgment of this world now, will the ruler of this world be cast out? And I, when I am lifted up from the Earth, will draw all people to myself? He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die, which is why I say this is all about the cross. Jesus himself has a moment of wrestling as he contemplates the suffering that's in front of him. I think that should give you and I who are nowhere near Jesus to give us a little bit of like encouragement when you're suffering and you can't see a way out. It seems like life is hopeless and you realize even Jesus in his humanity, his flesh. He wrestled with us. You know, we get afraid because we don't know what the future's going to hold. And Jesus here is trouble because of the absolute certainty of what the future holds. As he considers the task in front of him to bear the righteous wrath of God for sin on the cross. He's troubled, and we will see that it's not the last time that experience is this kind of temptation. But this cross is the appointed means by which Jesus is going to glorify the name of the father. This is the reason he says. What? Save me from it? No, this is why I came. And he is steadying himself right now. To see it through this voice comes from heaven. I have glorified, and I will glorify it again. Could you imagine if right now is preaching them? Just God speaks. Boom. Sometimes Stop said. It was like thunder. Others had an angel. And then we get this this glimpse into why this takes place. Verse thirty. Jesus says this voice has come for their sake, not for Hiss, because he already knows what's going to happen right. Him and the father are tight, but that voice comes to tell the people this is legit. What's about to happen will happen with the full knowledge and agreement and approval of God, the father that's so important because when they expect this king to, you know, take over Rome and then he goes to a cross. They're left wondering what happened and where was God and they'll remember that. God said, I will glorify it again. So they came to see Jesus and Jesus says, Here's what it means to see me. It's to see me on the cross. It's to see me for the reason why I came. It's to receive the promises of the Gospel. Now is the judgment of this world on the cross. Satan will be judged. Now Will the ruler of this world be cast out? Satan will be bound and I, when I am lifted up from the Earth, will draw all people to myself. All peoples from all different tribes, tongues and nations as the gospel goes from Israel, out into the world will be drawn to this. Jesus who has lifted up to see Jesus is to see him on the cross. And he's proclaiming this gospel to them. And I'm proclaiming it to you this morning. And I just want to shake you for a moment in love, like just a gentle shake like Hey, let's wake up, Let's wake up from our small kingdom building, you know, our you know, my my little house, my little patch of earth and and my stuff and my plans and my agenda and my little worlds. And let's remember that Christ is Lord, not just the King of Israel, but Lord over the whole world, over every square, inch over every person, over every country, over every government, over every institution. God reigns over all. And he's bringing this whole redemptive story to a climatic ending when he comes back again to gather up his church. And I'm not day you are either in or you are out. And I'm just trying this morning to say, Let's all be in, shall we? But I get it and let's receive the joy that is in Jesus. And then let's live that joy out as we come to know this King Mohr and Mohr through his sufferings and then threw his resurrection and then threw his ascension in the gospel. And as we see this king of kings portrayed and ruling over all the earth, it reminds us that we're not alone. It reminds us that God indeed has a purpose for your life, not in some sort of flippant, sort of, you know, uber triumphant sort of way, like God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. Well, that wonderful plan may include a heck of a lot of suffering, but it will be wonderful indeed, on the final day when you stand before the throne dressed in his righteousness alone faultless in God's sight because of Christ. For these disciples, the cross was not years away or months away. It was days away. How many days away are you from standing before this king? It might not be years. Friends might not be month. It might be days while you have the light among you. Jesus says, walk in the light. Believe in the light, Become sons of the light. Jesus was concerned for these men's souls and I'm concerned for us this morning as we look into Easter I don't want you to blink and I don't want you to miss it. Are you walking in the light of the gospel? You may have days. You may have days. So as long as the light of the world is being proclaimed to you, you should respond. Don't miss this king. Don't miss this king. And if you're a Christian this morning I I assumed that many of you are. If not most of you are. And that's why you're here. You've become a son and a daughter of the light. You have become a child of God you have become one who's God's full affection and love has been placed upon as as gods as juices. Blood drips off of that tree. His mercy is extended to you again. And he receive you into his family as a son or a daughter. And the question I have for you this morning, are you living in the joy of that? Are you even aware of that? Is that just like I'm not even a thought in your mind? Are you walking in Holiness because of that? Or has thing just just sort of sat in your life unchecked un repented of And what What you proclaim over here has no bearing on how you live over here These two worlds are meant to be together. Life is to radiate the light of Christ So don't miss the king of peace. Don't miss the king of peace. He has not come to satisfy every once you have He's come to transform what you want so that you'LL find your satisfaction in him. That's this week. Don't miss the king ofthe piece whose transforming you and making you into his own image. Don't miss the king of Paradox that this happens in an inverted sort of way, a way that you have to rely on his strength for so that as you live independence on this Christ, he transforms your life. Don't miss the King of Paradox this week as he goes to the cross. And don't miss the king of promised this week that assures you of your hope that anyone, anyone who puts their hope in Christ and all who put their hope in Christ will never be put to shame. No one will be put to shame if Jesus is there, Rach, He is the true king and we have the privilege to follow him as loyal servants. This week, as we walk out the story of Easter, soak yourself in this king. Soak yourself in the story and let it motivate you and move you towards greater zeal for Jesus. Tell your friends. Tell your neighbors. Tell your family. Tell yourself, Don't blink. I don't want you to miss it. Father, please help us this week, and even now, as we come to communion to have our minds filled with the truth of Christ. What? It's an amazing reality that what happened two thousand years ago still has significance every single day for us. Even right now, I pray, father, that you would help those two this morning who are here who don't know, haven't ever heard this before. Don't know about who Jesus is to help them understand it and to help them know it and then experience your your love and your grace and the joy that comes from it. I pray God that for the church that we would we would have our senses awakened this morning. Use this time this bread in this cop tto help us think and stare and what it costs to save us from our sins so that everything else in this world would seem foolish in comparison. And Jesus would be made glorious in our hearts. We're praying Christ's name. Amen.