“They tried to bury us…” – John 12:20-33


Here are some highlights from this week’s episode:

  • “They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.” – poet Dinos Christianopoulos
  • When you do what is right, it has repercussions that are so much bigger than you might live to see, and you do it anyway
  • We’re reading The Last Week in Sanctuary Collective which situates the last week of Jesus’s life in the context of what was going on historically, politically, and theologically
  • Martin Luther King’s Last Speech: “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop”
  • Politics of Jesus webinar is happening Sunday March 18 @ 2:00pm eastern Register here

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John 12:20-33

Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.

Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, 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. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

“Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!”

Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.

Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.

Photo by Theo Crazzolara

This article was published by Brian Murphy