Bible study on John 12,20-24

For this coming Sunday Laetare (Rejoice), our lectionary has these short verses from the Holy Gospel of St. John for the sermon text:

Now some Greeks were among those who had gone up to worship at the feast.  So these approached Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and requested, “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.”Philip went and told Andrew, and they both went and told Jesus. Jesus replied,“The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the solemn truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains by itself alone. But if it dies, it produces much grain.

John 12:20-24

In the middle of this Lenten season it lifts our eyes towards Easter even as He talks about life through death or as the old Hermansburg adage puts it: “Durchs Kreuz zur Krone” (Via cross to crown).

Our good Lord encourages His disciples in the following discourse with the prospect of the growing church – Him reaching out to draw all people to Himself. That´s powerful imagery, mission prophecy and church reality:

When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to myself.”

John 12:32

Trusting God Father, Son and Holy Ghost – we sing Jesus´ praises:

1 Now the green blade riseth, from the buried grain,
Wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

2 In the grave they laid Him, Love who had been slain,
Thinking that He never would awake again,
Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:
Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

3 Forth He came at Easter, like the risen grain,
Jesus who for three days in the grave had lain;
Quick from the dead the risen One is seen:
Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

4 When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,
Jesus’ touch can call us back to life again,
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:
Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

John Macleod Campbell Crum

About Wilhelm Weber

Pastor at the Old Latin School in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg
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