Day 24 (Tuesday, April 2, 2019)


John 12:42-50

42 Nevertheless many, even of the authorities, believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they did not confess it, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved human glory more than the glory that comes from God.

44 Then Jesus cried aloud: “Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45 And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. 47 I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, 49 for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.”


Living with our first world comforts, we tend to overlook the hatred that some have towards Jesus Christ. John tells us that even though some of the authorities believed in Jesus they did not make it public because they feared excommunication from the synagogue and the resulting implications for their families and livelihood.

These rulers, who included men like Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, would have enjoyed wealth and status. However Nicodemus who defended Jesus (7:50f) and Joseph of Arimathea who provided for Jesus’ burial (19:39), were notable exceptions and doubtless paid the price for their loyalty.

The focus of Jesus’ words here is striking. He says again that he has been sent and that to believe in him is to believe and know God. Further, his present task is not to judge but rather to save the world. With his coming he has introduced a unique moment in time: an era of grace where we have the opportunity to be forgiven by God and enjoy new life in Christ Jesus. Every one of us has a decision to make: we either reject Jesus or surrender to his love while there is time.

Light and life, truth and love, loyalty and sacrifice lie at the heart of Jesus and his work. At this point in John’s narrative, the shadow of the cross looms large. Through it, Jesus will be glorified and supremely reveal God’s glory.

In these verses, we’re challenged not to keep our faith in Jesus hidden, despite what others might say or do. We’re also challenged to withhold judgment of others – that’s God’s job one day. This is the time to introduce them to Jesus, so that they too may find life. It will involve a cost, but we’ve nothing to lose, while others have everything to gain.


Lord Jesus Christ, for our sake you fasted forty days and forty nights. Give us the grace we need to have such self-control that, our hearts and minds being directed by your Word and your Spirit, we may always obey your will in righteousness and true holiness, to your honor and glory; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for evermore. Amen. (BCP, Lent 1 – adapted)

Daily Reading Plan

Read John 12:27-50