Oct 4, 2011

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I Tell You the Truth | John 12:24

I Tell You the Truth | John 12:24

When reading the bible I noticed Jesus said the phrase “I tell you the truth . . .” numerous times during His ministry.  I don’t know about you, but when I hear the son of God say, “I tell you the truth . . .”,  I figure it is a good time to listen and try to understand what He is referring to.  Today I will analyzing John 12:24.

23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.  25 The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his 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.

 

Jesus spoke in a way that makes perfect sense to us Christians looking back at His words after his resurrection, but it must have been very confusing to the people who heard it from His lips.  Could you imagine the look on people’s face when He said, “Guess what, in order for you to gain eternal life you will have to hate your life here on earth!!!!  Any takers?”

In this passage it is clear that Jesus is the kernel of wheat that died, where as through His death He gave us all a chance at eternal life.  Verses 25-26 describe two different types of people.  The first man, who loves his life here on earth enjoying all of the earthly pleasures that go along with it will ultimately find true death.  The second man, who hates his life here on earth because he is persecuted and mocked due to following Jesus will find eternal life.  We should strive to serve others as Jesus did to gain the honor of God the Father through the Son.

What do you think Jesus means Verse 25 “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” ?

 

 

  1. hmmm. obvious answer would be that he who saves/clings to his life will lose it ie. doing his will, living for the world etc. and he that loses it (ie, give to God and follow His plan) will save his soul eternally. but what is un obvious answer?

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