D. Life's Issue and Multiplication
1. Life's Issue -- A House of Feasting
(a Miniature of the Church Life)
1 Then Jesus, six days before the aPassover, came to 1bBethany, where Lazarus was, cwhom Jesus had raised from the dead.
2 Therefore they made Him a supper there; and aMartha served, but Lazarus was one of the ones reclining at table with Him.
3 Then aMary took a 1pound of ointment, of very valuable pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair; and the 2house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.
4 But aJudas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was about to betray Him, said,
5 Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred 1denarii and given to the poor?
6 But he said this not because it mattered to him concerning the poor, but because he was a thief, and aholding the purse, carried off what was put into it.
7 Then 1Jesus said, Leave her alone; she has reserved it for the day of My burial.
8 aFor the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have Me.
9 Then a great crowd of the Jews found out that He was there, and they came, not because of Jesus only, but that they might also see Lazarus, awhom He had raised from the dead.
10 And the chief priests took counsel to kill Lazarus also,
11 Because on account of him amany of the Jews went away and believed into Jesus.
2. Life's Multiplication for the Church
through Death and Resurrection (the Glorification of God
and the Judgment upon the World and Satan Implied)
12 On the next day, athe great crowd who had come to the bfeast, when they heard that Jesus was coming into Jerusalem,
13 Took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out, 1Hosanna! aBlessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the bKing of Israel!
14 And Jesus, having found a young donkey, sat on it, as it is written,
15 a"Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your King comes, sitting on a donkey's colt.''
16 These things His disciples did not understand at first, but when Jesus was aglorified, then they bremembered that these things were written of Him and that they had done these things to Him.
17 The crowd therefore that was with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead testified.
18 For this reason the crowd also went and met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign.
19 The Pharisees then said to one another, You see that you are not doing anything worthwhile; behold, the world has gone after Him.
20 And there were some Greeks among those who went up to aworship at the feast.
21 These then came to aPhilip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, Sir, we wish to see Jesus.
22 Philip came and told Andrew; Andrew came, and Philip too, and they told Jesus.
23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The ahour has come for the Son of Man to be 1bglorified.
24 Truly, truly, I say to you, aUnless the grain of wheat 1falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it bears 2bmuch fruit.
25 aHe who loves his 1bsoul-life loses it; and he who chates his 1bsoul-life in this world shall keep it unto 2eternal life.
26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there also My servant will be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
27 Now is aMy 1soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, bsave Me out of this chour. But for 2this reason I have come to this hour.
28 Father, 1aglorify Your name. Then a bvoice came out of heaven: I have both 1aglorified it and will 1aglorify it again.
29 The crowd therefore which stood by and heard it said that there had been thunder; others said, aAn angel has spoken to Him.
30 Jesus answered and said, This voice has not 1come for My sake, but for your sake.
31 Now is the 1ajudgment of this 2world; now shall the bruler of this world be cast out.
32 And I, if I be 1alifted up from the earth, will bdraw call men to Myself.
33 But He said this asignifying by what kind of death He was about to die.
34 The crowd therefore answered Him, We have heard out of the law that the aChrist abides forever; and how is it that You say, The Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?
35 Jesus then said to them, The light is astill among you a little while. Walk while you have the light so that darkness may not bovercome you; and he who cwalks in the darkness does not know where he is going.
36 While you have the alight, believe into the light, so that you may become bsons of light. Jesus said these things, and He went away and cwas hidden from them.
3. Religion's Unbelief and Blindness
37 But though He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe into Him,
38 That the word of the prophet Isaiah which he said might be fulfilled, a"Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the 1arm of the Lord been revealed?''
39 For this reason they could not believe, because again Isaiah said,
40 a"He has 1blinded their eyes and He hardened their heart, that they might not see with their eyes and understand with their heart and turn, and I will heal them.''
41 These things said Isaiah because he asaw 1His glory and spoke concerning Him.
42 Nevertheless even many of the rulers believed into Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, aso that they would not be bput out of the synagogue;
43 For they loved the aglory of men more than the aglory of God.
4. Life's Declaration to the Unbelieving Religion
44 But Jesus 1cried out and said, He who believes into Me does not believe into Me, but ainto Him who sent Me;
45 And he who abeholds Me beholds Him who sent Me.
46 I have come as a alight into the world, that every one who believes into Me would not remain in darkness.
47 And if anyone hears My 1words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I have not come to ajudge the world, but to save the world.
48 He who rejects Me and does not receive My words has one who judges him; the aword which I have spoken, that will judge him in the last day.
49 For I have not spoken from Myself; but the Father who sent Me, He Himself has agiven Me commandment, what to say and what to speak.
50 And I know that His commandment is 1eternal life. The things therefore that I speak, even aas the Father has said to Me, so I speak.