Studies In The Book Of John


John 12:27-33


John 12:27 – “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.”


A. Jesus was troubled while heading to His time of death (Mark 14:32-42).

1. We know that if Jesus were afraid of men putting Him to death He would have sinned (Matthew 10:28, Hebrews 13:5-6, I Peter 3:14, and Revelation 2:10).

2. Therefore, since Jesus never sinned (Hebrews 4:14-15, Hebrews 9:28, I Peter 2:21-22, and I John 3:5), we know He did not fear death or the men who were going to kill Him.

3. Moreover, to say that Jesus was carnally afraid is to say that Paul was stronger than our Lord (Acts 21:10-13).

B. Even though Jesus was in mental anguish, Jesus didn’t want to prevent His death (Hebrews 5:7-9).

1. Jesus came into this world with a purpose to save sinners (I Timothy 1:15).

2. Without His blood being shed, that could not be accomplished (Hebrews 9:11-22 and Hebrews 10:1-12).

3. Jesus was mentally prepared for His death (Luke 9:22; 51-53).

a. Jesus knew what was beyond the grave (Luke 23:43).

b. He knew He would be raised up (Matthew 16:21, Matthew 26:32, and John 2:19-22).

c. He knew He’d return to the Father in Heaven (John 7:33-34; cf. John 8:29; 42).


John 12:28-30  – “(28) Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.  (29) The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.  (30) Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.”


A. Jesus called upon the Father to glorify His [God the Father] name (John 17:4-5).

1. Jesus worked hard to bring glory to the Father (John 11:1-4, John 13:31-32, and John 17:1).

2. The Father has (Romans 6:4) and continues to bring about glory to Himself (Philippians 1:6-11).

3. Our lives are supposed to bring glory to God (Matthew 5:14-16 and I Corinthians 10:31).

B. They heard a voice from above that sounded like thunder (II Samuel 22:14, Job 37:2-5, and Job 40:9).

1. Some thought it was an angel speaking.  Though it was not an angel, an angel could have such a voice (Revelation 18:1-2).

2. However, it was God the Father speaking for the benefit of the people present (cf. John 11:39-44).


John 12:31-33 – “(31) Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.  (32) And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.  (33) This he said, signifying what death he should die.”


A. The Judgment of the world, which occurred in the 1st century, was in connection with the prince of this world (John 16:7-11).

1. It is implied that the prince of this world is Satan (II Corinthians 4:3-4 and Hebrews 2:14).

2. Jesus came, in part, to destroy the works of Satan (I John 3:8).

3. While Satan and his angels once roamed the earth, now he’s been bound (Jude 6, II Peter 2:4, and Revelation 20:1-2).

B. Jesus talked of Himself being lifted up from the earth, which was a reference to His death (John 3:14 and Galatians 3:13).

1. Drawing all men was in reference to Him dying for all men (I Timothy 2:5-6, Titus 2:11, and I John 2:2).

2. This does not mean that all men will choose to come to Christ (Matthew 7:13-14). 



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