Studies In The Book Of John


John 12:23-26


John 12:23 – “And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.”


A. The hour is come (John 2:1-4, John 7:30, and John 8:20).

1. This is not a literal hour in the sense of 60 minutes as the events leading to the death of our Lord took more than an hour (Matthew 26:45-27:2).

2. “The hour” is a phrase used to indicate that His time of death is drawing near (Mark 14:41 and Luke 22:14-16).

3. This phrase (“the hour”) is used to describe more than the death of Christ (Matthew 25:13, John 4:21-24, John 5:28-29, and Revelation 3:10).

B. Jesus Christ is the “Son of man” (Matthew 18:11, Matthew 20:18, Matthew 20:28, Mark 10:33, Luke 9:22, Luke 12:8, Luke 19:10, and Luke 24:7; cf. Acts 13:27-33 and I Corinthians 15:3).

1. Jesus was in the flesh as a child of man (Jeremiah 33:15-17, Matthew 1:1, and Luke 1:31-32).

2. This does not mean He was not the “only begotten” Son of God (John 1:18, John 3:16-18, and I John 4:9).

3. In fact, He used the phrase “Son of man” when talking of His powers as deity (Matthew 9:6 and Matthew 12:8).

C. It was time for Jesus to be glorified (John 17:1, John 17:5, and Acts 3:13).

1. Glory belongs to God (Romans 15:6, I Corinthians 10:31, and Jude 25).

2. Jesus is God (Matthew 1:23, John 5:16-18, John 8:56-58, John 20:26-29, Acts 20:28, Romans 9:1-5, I Timothy 3:16, Titus 2:13, Hebrews 1:8-9, and I John 5:20), thus it is fitting that He is glorified (Hebrews 13:21 and II Peter 3:18).

3. The Father certainly wants His Son glorified (II Peter 1:17).

4. When Christ is glorified so is the Father (John 13:31-32, Romans 16:27, and Philippians 2:11).


John 12:24  – “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”


A. Jesus had to die (John 3:14-17; cf. John 12:32-33).

1. We can be saved because of His death (Romans 5:10).

2. We must also recall that our salvation requires not just His death; but also His burial (I Corinthians 15:1-4), resurrection (I Corinthians 15:17-22), ascension (Ephesians 4:8-10), and His return (I Peter 1:3-10).

3. Yet, if we are disobedient, all that Jesus did so that we can be saved will be for naught (Hebrews 5:8-9 and II Thessalonians 1:7-9).

B. By Jesus carrying out the will of the Father (John 5:36), much fruit came forth (John 6:39).

1. Sins can be remitted (Matthew 26:28 and Revelation 1:5).

2. The church of Christ was established (Matthew 16:18, Acts 20:28, and Ephesians 5:25).

3. Finally, though many sub points could be made, a new law came into effect (Hebrews 9:15-22).


John 12:25-26 – “(25) He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.  (26) If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.”


A. We have to surrender our lives to Christ to be saved (Matthew 16:24-27).

1. This means that Christ always comes first (Luke 9:57-62 and Colossians 3:1-4).

2. If one is not willing to give all for our Lord, they cannot be saved (Matthew 19:16-30 and Luke 14:25-33).

B. Christians are servants of Christ (Romans 1:1, Colossians 3:24, and Colossians 4:12).

1. This requires self-denial (Mark 8:34 and Luke 9:23-24).

2. This requires us to follow in the steps of Christ (Philippians 2:4-11, I Peter 2:21, and I Peter 4:1-2).

C. We will receive honor from our heavenly Father (Romans 2:10 and I Peter 5:4).

1. When serving Christ faithfully, we can know we’ll eventually be in Heaven with Him (John 14:1-3).

2. That being said, we have to remind ourselves that we cannot “earn” Heaven regardless of how hard we work as servants for Christ (Luke 17:7-10 and Ephesians 2:5-10; cf. I Corinthians 15:9-10).




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