Jesus Came to Save the World

The Gospel of John

John 12:44–50

Jesus Came to Save the World

Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions. Be comfortably alert, still, and at peace. Say the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself. Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture. From memory, determine the central points.

  1. Some commentators think this passage should have come after verse 36a. I have no opinion, but it is highly possible. In that period when John wrote there existed pages, even of paper, and one could have been shuffled. One way or another, it is of no significance. The content is thoroughly Jesus.
  2. Jesus “cried out” and the word means “loudly.” These are now the last words that Jesus preached to the crowds and He goes right to the core of everything and anything that matters.
  3. Believing in Jesus the Son is tantamount to believing in the Father. The only reason Jesus is even there is because the Father sent Him.
  4. Indeed, to see the Son is to see Him who sent Him, meaning the Father. This demonstrates the oneness and the mystery of the nature of the Trinity. No Christian ever completely understands.
  5. The theme of “light” appears again. Believing in Jesus brings one out from the darkness and into the light. Those who reject His words Jesus does not judge for He came to save the world. And by “world” Jesus means He came to save the Greeks, the heathen, as well as the Jews.
  6. Jesus does not judge at this point; judgment comes from the Father upon those who reject the words of Jesus. But at the last day, the Day of Judgment, Jesus as well as the Father, does judge.
  7. Jesus is careful to point out that His messages, His words, have been given to Him by the Father.
  8. Jesus uses the word “commandment” in regard to His words that He has been preaching to the people. And these words, the content, have all together to do with eternal life.
  9. To reject Jesus and His words is to reject the saving message, indeed the commandment, of the Creator God.

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