John Chapter 12
John 12 describes how Jesus and his followers came back to Bethany for the Passover. Mary blessed his feet with oil at the gala and he withdrew for Jerusalem the following day. The general population get him and celebrate in his quality. Grieved, Jesus talks with God and tells the general population that he will before long be withdrawing. Throughout the chapter, we see multiple events unfold. Initially, we see Mary anointing Jesus and then He proceeds to Jerusalem. Afterward, people come to see Him and then a voice is heard from heaven. We also see the sermon Jesus offers to the crowd, the distrust of the Jews and how Jesus responds to them in this gospel (Bultmann, 2014). What is more, there are multiple things that we learn from this chapter that are essential in the Christian life which will be discussed here.
To start with, the chapter emphasizes the theme of the extravagance of love. Jesus went to Bethany six days before the Passover. While there, we are told that they made him a meal. It more likely than not been in the place of Martha and Mary and Lazarus, for what other places would Martha be serving however in her own home? It was then that Mary’s heart kept running over in affection. She had a pound of valuable spikenard treatment. In any occasion, it was an exceptionally significant sort of aroma. With this aroma, Mary blessed Jesus’ feet. Judas ungraciously scrutinized her activity as sheer waste. Jesus hushed him by saying that cash could be given to the poor whenever, yet a consideration done to him must be done now, for soon the possibility would be away forever. At this point, we see the extravagance of love through Mary’s actions (Bultmann, 2014). Mary took the most valuable thing she had and spent everything on Jesus. Love doesn’t love whether it pleasantly ascertains the expense. It gives everything and its solitary lament is that it has not still more to give. Many people in the world today are incapable of demonstrating true love as Mary demonstrated towards Jesus. Yes, we have faults as human beings but the kind of love that exists today is that of mutual benefit. In other words, if you love someone, you expect something in return. From Mary, Christians should prioritize love over material things no matter how expensive they may be.
We see love’s unselfconsciousness. Mary cleaned Jesus’ feet with the hair of her head. In Palestine, no decent lady could ever show up in broad daylight with her hair unbound. On the day a young lady was hitched her hair was bound up, and never again would she be found out in the open with her long tresses streaming free. That was the indication of an indecent lady. Be that as it may, Mary never at any point thought of that. At the point when two individuals truly cherish each other, they live in their very own universe. They will meander gradually down a packed road connected at the hip lax of what other individuals think. Many are reluctant about demonstrating their Christianity, concerned constantly about what others are pondering them (Bultmann, 2014). Mary cherished Jesus so much that it was nothing to hear what others thought.
Afterward, people came to See Jesus as well as Lazarus who Jesus had raised from the dead and also to kill him. For the Jewish leaders, things were getting into an incomprehensible position. This was uniquely the situation for the Sadducees, to which party had a place every one of the ministers, for them the position was doubly compromising. To begin with, it was compromising from the political perspective. The Sadducees were the affluent highborn class and they worked in a close joint effort with the Roman government. Their point was to guarantee their own riches and straightforwardness and solace. Insofar as they were permitted to hold the decision puts in the administration they were very arranged to team up. The Romans permitted their subject kingdoms a lot of opportunities (Bultmann, 2014). Second, they viewed it as philosophically deplorable. In contrast to the Pharisees, the Sadducees did not have confidence in the restoration of the dead; and, here they were stood up to with Lazarus who had been raised from the grave. Except if they could take care of business, the establishments of their capacity, their impact and their educating, were slipping from underneath their feet.
Christ’s riding in triumph to Jerusalem is recorded by every one of the evangelists. Numerous brilliant things, both in the word and provision of God, devotees don’t comprehend at their first colleague with the things of God. The correct comprehension of otherworldly nature of Christ’s kingdom counteracts our twisting the Scriptures which talk about it. In such a circumstance it was clearly inconceivable for Jesus to address the group. His voice couldn’t have achieved that tremendous gathering of individuals. So he accomplished something that all could see; he came riding upon an ass’ yearling. Presently that was two things. In the first place, it was an intentional case to be the Messiah (Bultmann, 2014). It was an emotional authorization of the expressions of Zechariah the prophet. John does not cite precisely in light of the fact that clearly, he is citing from memory. There is no uncertainty at all that Jesus’ case was a messianic case. In any case, second, it was a case to be a specific sort of Messiah. We should not misconstrue this image. With us, the ass is modest and scorned, yet in the East, it was a respectable creature. Jair, the Judge, had thirty children who rode on asses’ colts.
The fact of the matter is that a ruler came riding upon a pony when he was twisted on war; he came riding upon an ass when he was coming in harmony. This activity of Jesus is an indication that he was not the warrior figure men longed for, yet the Prince of Peace. Nobody saw it that path around then, not by any means the devotees, who ought to have known so much better. The brains of all were loaded up with a sort of horde madness. Here was the person who was to come. In any case, they searched for the Messiah of their own fantasies and their own unrealistic reasoning; they didn’t search for the Messiah whom God had sent. Jesus drew an emotional picture of what he professed to be, however, none comprehended the case. Out of sight, there were Jewish specialists. They felt disappointed and powerless; nothing they could do appeared to be ready to stop the fascination of this Jesus.
“The entire world,” they stated, “is gone off after him!” In this platitude of the experts, there is a superb case of that incongruity in which John is so gifted (Bultmann, 2014). No author in the New Testament can say such a great amount with such astounding hesitance. It was on the grounds that God so cherished the world that Jesus appeared on the scene; and here, all accidentally, his foes are stating that the world has followed him. In the exceptionally next segment, John is going to recount the happening to the Greeks to Jesus. The primary delegates of that more extensive world, the main searchers from outside, are going to come. The Jewish specialists were talking more genuine than they knew.
We can’t leave this section without seeing the least complex thing of all. Sometimes on the planet’s history has there been such a presentation of radiantly purposeful strength as the Triumphal Entry. We should recall that Jesus was a bandit and that the experts were resolved to murder him. All reasonability would have cautioned him to turn back and make for Galilee or the desert places. If he somehow managed to enter Jerusalem by any stretch of the imagination, all alert would have requested that he enter covertly and seek total isolation; yet he came so as to concentrate each eye upon himself (Bultmann, 2014). It was a demonstration of the most superlative mettle, for it was the rebellion of all that man could do; and it was a demonstration of the most superlative love, for it was love’s last intrigue before the end.
Overall, John Chapter 12 unfolds various events about the life of Jesus. One of the themes that clearly stands out is the theme of love as demonstrated by Mary. She anointed Jesus with expensive perfume. From this, Christians learn the importance of loving selflessly. In other words, we should be able to show love to God and others as well in the best way we can like Mary did towards Jesus.
Bultmann, R. (2014). The Gospel of John: a commentary (Vol. 1). Wipf and Stock Publishers.