Historically, people from all walks of life wanted to meet Jesus (John 12:20). He performed many acts that proved just who He was and who sent Him. Traditionally people have tried to arrest or kill Him for doing the next right thing (John 2:4, 7:6, 7:30, 8:20). But God knew that Jesus’ death would bear much fruit (John 12:24). Why? Landmark acts of love pull people together.
The church is a perfect example. The church is dragged together by an invisible force each week. Each week we are compelled to gather and to worship. Why? Because landmark acts of love pull people together. Calendars are set by these acts, families are united by them, and our very system for measuring time (B.C. & A.D.) was determined by a single monumental act of love.
Love draws people away from selfishness and towards selflessness (John 12:25). Jesus didn’t want to have to face this hour (John 12:27). Other gospels go into greater detail, but John doesn’t focus on that as much. John focuses on Jesus’ purpose being fulfilled. Jesus fulfilled His mission to save the world out of love (John 3:16). He also asked for help along the way (28). He desired to bring His Father honor. Up to this point, God had glorified the name of Jesus through the signs, and miracles He performed. The signs are what show us that He is the light of the world, the bread of life, the living water, and the Son of Man. And now, the stage is set for God to showcase His greatest act of love. It is a landmark moment. It is a moment that shines hope in the darkness and offers people a chance to become children of light (35-36).
Do you want to meet Jesus this week? Our calendars direct us to, history encourages us to, and God desires us to. Jesus is dragging us towards Him with landmark love. We have to resist His pull if we do not want to come to Him. He is alive and His Spirit still performs many acts that prove love pulls people together. Will you draw near this week as we grow closer to that monumental moment?