“Now I am deeply troubled. What should I say? ‘Father, save me from this time’? No, for this is the reason I have come to this time. Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing there heard and said, “It’s thunder.” Others said, “An angel spoke to him.” Jesus replied, “This voice wasn’t for my benefit but for yours. Now is the time for judgment of this world. Now this world’s ruler will be thrown out. When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to me.” (He said this to show how he was going to die.) The crowd responded, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Human One must be lifted up? Who is this Human One?” Jesus replied, “The light is with you for only a little while. Walk while you have the light so that darkness doesn’t overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness don’t know where they are going. As long as you have the light, believe in the light so that you might become people whose lives are determined by the light.” After Jesus said these things, he went away and hid from them. (John 12:27-36, CEB)
Jesus says, “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to me.” and the crowd responds that the Christ will remain forever. Do they think Jesus is the Christ? Then they ask about the Human One, that Jesus mentions a few verses before our reading today, when Jesus says, “The time has come for the Human One to be glorified.” Jesus has made the connection that he is the Human One but the crowd doesn’t get it.
Jesus is here to give us light and to help us dispel the darkness. We who are in the light can show the light to the world and need to be salt and light so the darkness doesn’t take over.
Follow the light and love out loud.
Loving People. Loving God.