March 19, 2019

John 12:27, 28a “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!”

This text from John on the fifth Sunday of Lent brings us full circle to the temptation of Jesus in dessert where we began the season. John doesn’t include it in his gospel but the other three do and so we see a theme across the New Testament of the temptation of Jesus to turn from his mission. We find the same in the garden of Gethsemane. The temptation is real and persistent to embrace personal power and shun what Paul will term “emptying himself” and becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. Above we see that his soul is troubled and he considers his options, but embraces his calling believing that it was his destiny, what he was put on earth to do. He would place himself in the hands of the Father and desire most the glory of God. As you come to the end of Lent this year, if your soul is troubled, what will you say?

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