Devotion - March 21, 2021

John 12:27-33

Jesus Speaks about His Death

‘Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—“Father, save me from this hour”? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, ‘An angel has spoken to him.’ Jesus answered, ‘This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’ He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.

Devotion by Anne Mooney

Sometimes God teaches me things in waves. Over the course of a week, I notice repeating messages about the same theme through my daily spiritual routine, Rev. Courtney’s messages, things that happen at work, or even a TV show or passing billboard. This week the message has been about death.

It started out that I had the fun opportunity of meeting with Ms. Janet and the children to prepare a Children’s Time episode for today’s worship. Guess what? It included this same scripture!

Next, I actually had a good friend and former co-worker of mine die from cancer. Her death came rather quickly after her diagnosis. The last time I saw her (in Publix) she had seemed her usual radiant self. Now suddenly she is not here.

Now, once again, I am given this scripture about Jesus’ death. I am asked to justify what this text means to me and to consider what and how to share it with you.

Well, from doing the Children’s Message, I know that prior to these words, Jesus was comparing himself to a wheat seed. Seeds tend to be s