John Lesson 16 Day 4 Upside Down Kingdom

John 12:23-36

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Answers to BSF Study of John 12:23-36

8. The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. John 12:23

Jesus mentioned “the hour” in John 2:4 when His mother informed Him the wedding party ran out of wine.

Jesus speaks of the approaching hour of His crucifixion. It’s little wonder the disciples didn’t get it. How could condemnation, humiliation, torture, and murder at the hands of the religious leaders be a good thing? Because the kingdom of God is upside down.

As Joseph said, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20 NIV

9. Kernel of wheat—John 12:24

 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone [just one grain, never more]. But if it dies, it produces much grain and yields a harvest. (AMP)

Jesus compares His death to planting a seed. The seed remains buried in the ground for several days, then rises up to produce a large harvest. In His case, the harvest is followers. Jesus shows His death was not wasted and was not the end.

Another thought–When a kernel of wheat dies in this way, it not only multiplies, and duplicates itself.

10. Lose your life—John 12:25

Jesus applies this to Himself. He does not call on His Father to provide twelve legions of angels. (Matthew 26:53) We read in John 10:18, Jesus said “No one takes (my life) from me. I lay it down of my own free will”. (AMP)

Jesus asks me to lay aside all plans that don’t agree with His destiny and purpose for my life. If I seek Him first, my dreams will begin to align with His dreams. I won’t feel fulfilled and truly satisfied with my life unless I fulfill His plan.

He also asks us to let go of things that stand between us and God. That could be a sinful lifestyle or an activity that takes up too much of our time and focus.

Mark 8:34-37

Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. 35 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. 36 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? 37 Is anything worth more than your soul? (NLT)

Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ [that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith [by adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting] in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. (AMP)

I heard someone say our names are on that same tombstone. He died for us and as us. Now it’s no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.

How I lost my life

About seven years ago, the Lord asked me to help provide care for several family members. That’s not how I envisioned life after raising my own children. Then my elderly father moved in with us.

Then my elderly father moved in with us. Life became challenging, to say the least—Physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially.

Spiritually, my life is on the altar—daily. Time in prayer and the Word became my lifeline. Somehow, the Father believes I also have time to write. If you ever wonder when the next lesson will be available, say a prayer for me. No doubt, someone’s in the hospital.


MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 16 Day 4 ~ John 12:23-36