April 14 - The Son of Man Lifted Up (John 12:27-36)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below.
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)
The Glories of Calvary
You Alone Can Rescue
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
The Gospel Song
I Will Glory In My Redeemer
Christ Is Mine Forevermore
Josh Herring will continue teaching a series on the Old Testament: History of Israel. This class will be at 10:00am in the Youth Room.
27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. 34 So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” 35 So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”
This day is traditionally called Palm Sunday. It is called Palm Sunday for it marks the time that people were rejoicing, singing psalms, waving and laying palms down as Jesus entered Jerusalem for his last time before his death. You see much confusion among the people, especially as Jesus begins to speak in greater measure about his death. To understand Jesus and his purpose in coming among us, we must understand his death. This is a good day to listen as Jesus explains both the reality of his death and the reasons for it.
Review and Apply
Why is Jesus' soul troubled?
What is the response of your soul to sin in your life, or conflict in your home or in the workplace?
How does Jesus' love for God's glory reflect on your love for his glory?
In what way is the ruler of this world (Satan) cast out? How do we understand his present influence in our lives?
What does it mean for Jesus to be 'lifted up'?
How does the cross lead you to exalt God? How does the cross reveal the character of God?
How were you drawn to Christ?
How are you struggling with walking in the light in your marriage, friendships and/or community?