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Humanity revealed | John 12:27-28

27 “Now My soul is troubled and deeply distressed; what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour [of trial and agony]’? But it is for this [very] purpose that I have come to this hour [this time and place]. 28 [Rather, I will say,] ‘Father, glorify (honor, extol) Your name!’” Then a voice came from heaven saying, “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”

John 12:27-28 (AMP)

Humanity revealed

Jesus is fully man, and fully God. In today’s passage (and the whole passion event) we see it. Words cannot express the extent of His grief and anguish, His distress. At the cross we will see Him cry out to God the Father, “Why have you forsaken me?” And in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-56), we get a real glimpse into the extent of his distress and feelings. 

What’s different?

He is fully man and is capable of all the emotions of men. But what stands out in the whole event is, He wasn’t anxious or afraid. Why? Verse 27 tells us clearly – He knew exactly why He came and what He came to do. If He had fear, He could have escaped it long ago. I’m sure, as a man, He was tempted to worry and be anxious, even fear. Being perfect, however, He knew how to control those emotions.

Ultimate purpose

His/our ultimate purpose on earth is what? Bring glory to the Father. “As Jesus thought of the cross just a few days away, His main concern was to glorify the name and character of God the Father.” (enduringword.com)

<- Reflection ->
  • Fear and anxiety are strong emotions. They can be so strong they cripple us and paralyze us. Ultimately, they demonstrate our weak faith. If this is a problem for you, consider memorizing and meditating on Bible passages like Philippians 4:6-7.
  • Let’s remember to keep our ultimate purpose in mind through all life’s journey, through our trials, our failures and successes. As they say in baseball, “Keep your eye on the ball.”
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  1. Here, Jesus also models what we need to do when our souls are “troubled” (in the Greek, tarasso). We need to go to the Father in prayer. He is the one who “puts in order” (Greek: tasso) everything.
    He uses those moments of distress to build up our faith in Him and rearrange our priorities

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