MONDAY 17TH MAY, 2021
THEME: FOLLOW CHRIST
PASSAGE: JOHN 12:20-33
MEMORY VERSE: John 12:26 “Anyone who wants to be My disciple must follow Me because my servants must be where I am.”
HYMN: MHB 624 (188.8.131.52.5.5.) – JESUS, still lead on.
Philip and Andrew were excited to take the Gentile presbyters to Jesus because they desired to see Jesus. However, they became disappointed because instead of Jesus welcoming them, His response was to talk about how if a grain of wheat is to bear any fruit, it must first die, and then to start speaking of His own death.
What are the lessons to learn from this passage? They are two-fold:
Until we are ready and willing to turn our backs on the things of this world and follow Christ, we will miss out on the multi-dimensional, fruit-filled, eternal life with God.
The principle of the cross is that Christ died that we might live.
However, Jesus in the story insists that we join Him in His death (through self-denial) in order to join Him in His life (Matthew 16:24).
The dying that Jesus calls us to take part in is not easy. It can only be accomplished by faith in Christ’s promise. And we need the empowering of the Holy Spirit to walk in faith. By following Christ we place our trust in Him.
He says (verse 25): “He that loveth his life shall lose it and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.” This is the greatest joy one has in following Jesus. Matt. 6: 33 states, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things (the needs and pleasures, of the world) shall be added unto you.”
PRAYERS: O God, empower me to always follow You no matter the dangers on the road. Don’t let me disappoint You in Jesus’ name.
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