Thoughts and Questions – 5th April 2020

Thoughts and questions, w. b. 5/4/20
John 12:12-28

Jesus, in John’s Gospel, had recently raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:43-44). We then find Him (see John 12:1) back in Lazarus’ house where He was a special guest at a meal. Rather than showing some form of authority over the owner of an animal (as we see in the other Gospels), John introduces the Triumphal Entry with authority over death and the effect that such a miracle has on people.

  • Why do you think John has such a concentration on the story of Lazarus?
  • Is there anything in the story of Lazarus that prepares the listeners/readers for aspects of Jesus’ last week? If so, what are they?
  • Why do you think it’s important that John and the other Gospel writers wanted to make it clear that the Triumphal Entry was a fulfilment of the Old Testament? – v13-15
  • In what ways was Jesus a King then? What did the people expect? – v15

John notices four different groups within the crowd – the disciples (v16), the crowd (v17-18), the Pharisees (v19), and some Greeks (v20-21). The last of these are not mentioned in the other Gospels. The disciples and the Pharisees could be seen as friends of Jesus and enemies. The other two groups are more inquisitive.

  • Why do you think views of Jesus were so extreme, those for Him, and those against Him. Are these views still found today? Why are some people so against Jesus?
  • We have a large number of people seemingly following a miracle-worker, and some just wanting to see Him. Do these groups still exist today?

John follows the Triumphal Entry with warnings about Jesus’ death. It seems a bit of a change in mood from the branch-waving and celebration shouting of the Entry itself.

  • Why do you think John moves so quickly into Jesus’ death? Do you think there’s a link between the ‘glory’ of v23 and v28 and the procession? If there is, what is it?
  • What do you think the phrase ‘hates his life’ (see verse 25) means?
  • Jesus’ death was the ‘very reason’ He came. Spend a few moments thinking about this reason – His death. Why is it important to you?