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SNATCHING DEATH FROM THE JAWS OF DEFEAT

May 26, 2016

Thursday

 

John 12: 27-33

 

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. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die.

 

 

LESSON

 

Anticipation of His death that had to precede the glory “troubled” Jesus deeply. It troubled Him because His death would involve separation from His Father, and bearing God’s wrath for the sins of the world. For this purpose I came to this hour.” We see here the conflict that Jesus felt, between His desire to avoid the Cross and His desire to obey the Father completely. More than deliverance from the hour of the Cross, Jesus wanted God’s glory.

In the hour of suffering and surrender, there are only two prayers we can pray, either ‘Father, save me!’ or ‘Father, glorify Thy name! The Father answered Jesus’ petition “from heaven” audibly. This had only occurred two other times. In the first instance, only John the Baptist and Jesus heard the voice. In the second instance, only three disciples and Jesus heard it. And in the third instance, a multitude and Jesus heard it. In all of these cases, the purpose of the voice was to authenticate Jesus as God’s Son in a dramatic way, and in all cases, the voice had some connection with Jesus’ death.

The death of Jesus might appear to be a victory for Satan, but really it signaled his doom. The Cross defeated Satan. He only functions as he does now because God permits him to do so.

 

Memory Verse: Hebrews 2:9

 

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