We’re getting to the section of John where Jesus is now beginning to taper down His activity and focus on moving to Jerusalem. This is the direction he has been going, with purpose and intentionality, all along. He is beginning to enter the phase of His ministry when He suffers and dies as a sacrifice for our sins.
As you go through the study of John 12, think about how important Jesus’ statement is when He says, “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies it remains only a single seed.” Reflect on that as you’ve seen what has happened since the death and resurrection and the growth in the movement of this faith that has resulted in the fact that 2,000 years after His death 40% of the billions of people on this planet claim to follow Jesus. Is it any accident that the fastest growing faith on the planet is Christianity? This just leads you to believe that Jesus was and is real, that He did and does live, and that what He did in a moment of history remains done and continues to happen.