Scripture: John 12:20-36
According to John, chapter 15, it is very clear that, in order to bear fruit, more fruit and much fruit, we must abide in Christ. The Scripture also teaches that, in order to bear fruit, we must first die to self. In this text, verses 20-22, some Greeks came seeking Jesus, and said, “We would see Jesus.” Then, in verses 23-26, the Greeks and the Jews had seen Jesus glorified as Messiah, and He wanted to teach them that the way to glory is not through is not through triumph and glory, domination or subjection, but through death to self, through service to God, as well as to man. Jesus did basically two things:
1. He said His hour was come, but think of this.
His glory was not man’s way, but the way of the cross (this is difficult to understand) – by death. Jesus must die before He can bear the fruit of eternal life, because His teaching in verse 24 is that, if it does not die, it will not bring forth fruit. So the way to have fruit is to die to self.
The Christian must give himself whole-heartedly to his Master, the Lord Jesus Christ. We said that Jesus must die before He can bear the fruit of eternal life, because it was the cross that moved God to exalt Jesus. He said His name “is above every name..” – Philippians 2:8-11,
Colossians 1:14, Hebrews 1:8-9, 2:9. Also, it is the cross which moves men to offer themselves as a living sacrifice – Romans 6:10-11, 14:8-9.
2. Jesus not only said that His hour was come, but He is also saying that now man’s hour has come.
Man must lose his life to gain eternal life – Mark 8:36, Luke 6:49, 9:23, Romans 8:13. Man must serve and follow Jesus all the days of his life – Mark 10:43-44, Matthew 19:27-29. Look at verse 26 again – the word “follow” is to abide in fellowship with Him, and “serving” is to serve with a labor of love and with a yielded heart. Remember, to live is really to die.