Would you like to know your DOD? – John 12:12-50, Preview

What would you do if you knew the date of your death?  Could you imagine if that data were available to us?  We’re accustomed to putting our DOB on all sorts of forms, but what if we knew our DOD? What would you be thinking and feeling if you knew exactly how much longer you had?

From Shakespeare’s MacBeth to a plethora of contemporary films about time travel, there are many works of literature and drama that imagine what would happen if a person could know the date of their death.  It often doesn’t go well for the people in these stories when they learn their DOD.  At least in the minds of the writers, we humans are better off not knowing.

Except for Jesus.  As we continue the story of Jesus told by the Gospel of John, we’ve arrived at Jesus’ final week before his crucifixion.  When we read John 12, therefore, it’s not surprising that his death is on Jesus’ mind.  What will he say?  How will Jesus handle the reality that his death is literally just a few days away?

No doubt, everything Jesus ever said is important.  But Jesus’ thoughts about his impending death carry a weightiness.  We’ll want to pay close attention to Jesus.  So read John chapter 12, and I think you’ll see what I mean.  It’s intense.  Then check back on the blog Monday for the next post as we talk about John 12 further and how Jesus’ thoughts about his death matter to all of us.

Photo by davide ragusa on Unsplash

Published by joelkime

I love my wife, Michelle, and our four kids and two daughters-in-law. I serve at Faith Church and love our church family. I teach a course online from time to time, and in my free time I love to read and exercise, especially running,

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