Sunday Devotional: ‘It was for this purpose that I came to this hour’

John 12:27-33, 24-26

“I am troubled now. Yet what should I say?
‘Father, save me from this hour’?
But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour.
Father, glorify your name.”
Then a voice came from heaven,
“I have glorified it and will glorify it again.”
The crowd there heard it and said it was thunder;
but others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”
Jesus answered and said,
“This voice did not come for my sake but for yours.
Now is the time of judgment on this world;
now the ruler of this world will be driven out.
And when I am lifted up from the earth,
I will draw everyone to myself.”
He said this indicating the kind of death he would die.

“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies,
it remains just a grain of wheat;
but if it dies, it produces much fruit.
Whoever loves his life loses it,
and whoever hates his life in this world
will preserve it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me,
and where I am, there also will my servant be.
The Father will honor whoever serves me.”

Today is the 5th Sunday of Lent — the 40 days in which Christians pray, fast, and make special sacrifices in remembrance of how Christ our Lord was tortured, suffered, and died for our sins.

Being God, Jesus foresaw his impending death by crucifixion — the cruelest method of execution devised by the Romans:

“He said this indicating the kind of death he would die.” -John 12:33

Though God, Jesus was also wholly human, having become incarnate in order to atone, to make right, the terrible sin of Adam and Eve.

For why it takes God to atone the sin of Adam, see my post of March 11, 2018, “Sunday Devotional: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son”.

For why God became man in order to save humanity, see the Parable of the Farmer and the Geese in “Sunday Devotional: You were purchased at a price“.

Can you imagine the dread and horror our Lord felt, foreseeing the excruciating suffering, pain, and death He would undergo?

“I am troubled now. Yet what should I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour.” -John 12:27

One of the purposes of God becoming man is to show us the way — not just the way to salvation, but also as a model for how to conduct ourselves with grace and forbearance in this mortal coil of strife, troubles, suffering and tears.

He tells us to “pick up” our cross — the inevitable burdens and travails of every human life — and follow Him (Matthew 16:24), with the promise that:

“Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.” -John 12:26

So the next time you feel overwhelmed by your problems, the next time you suffer, just look at Him on the Cross. He will help you, I promise.

Jesus, I love You, with my whole heart, my whole soul, my whole mind, and with all my strength.

And may the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

12 responses to “Sunday Devotional: ‘It was for this purpose that I came to this hour’

  1. Dr. Eowyn, as I read this post, this came immediately to mind: ‘Lay Your Burden Down’ by Chuck Girard.

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  2. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    Sunday Devotional.

    kommonsentsjane

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  3. Dr. Eowyn, I love your Sunday devotionals. 💝

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  4. Thank you so much, Dr. Eowyn.

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  5. Dr Eowyn . . . . As we approach Easter, our thoughts should be turned to specifically what Jesus Christ did for us. A being that was without sin, allowing himself to be treated so violently. For me it is outside my true ability to wholly understand. I shudder to think of Our Savior being nailed to a cross, and that his blood was shed to atone for all the sins of each and every person who comes to this Earth. Simply a marvelous lesson for today!

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  6. Why and how can there be so many to doubt when it was written for our time? THY WILL BE DONE,

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  7. Thank you Doc Christ be with you and all.

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  8. Awesome devotional Dr. Eowyn…
    every time I read “Father, glorify your name”….. it gives me chills.
    I can only get on my knees and thank the Lord every day for everything He has done for us and does for us. Amen.

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  9. Many thanks for this short devotional, it says everything I needed to hear. May the Lord bless you, Dr.

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  10. Pray early and often!
    Ask the Lord that His Will be done, in you, through you. Not my will but Thy Will oh Lord.
    Great post, Dr. Eowyn. 🙂
    And pray that those who are lost find Jesus Christ! (Matt 18: 12-14)
    12How does it seem to you? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them will go astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine in the mountain and go on searching for that lost one? 13And if he should find it, certainly I say to you, that he rejoices in it more than in the ninety-nine that did not stray. 14Just so, it is not the will before your Father who is in Heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
    http://biblehub.com/aramaic-plain-english/matthew/18.htm

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  11. “And may the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,”. And with you as well. Thanks so much. This is truly a time for gratefulness and joy.

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  12. The atheist demands “empirical evidence” for the existence of God or the Divinity of Jesus Christ. The ideologists attempt to turn Jesus into one of their own. But they will do everything to avoid taking Our Lord at His Word, by following His Argument, His Reasoning.
    The choice is simple: Either Jesus Christ is EVERYTHING He Said He Is, or He was the most dangerous criminal who ever lived. WHO in his right mind would call upon his followers to follow him, even unto the self-renunciation of martyrdom? Yet this is what His Apostles did, enduring grueling and gruesome deaths, in order to bear witness to His Name.
    This is the choice we have been presented with: Either we accept Jesus as Who He Says He Is, or we reject Him—at our peril. We are not free to say, “Oh, Yes. He was a good moral teacher.” Because all a teacher demands is homework and test-taking; A teacher cannot demand his students’ very lives. Yet this is what Jesus does.
    The atheists, the agnostics and the indifferent leave Christ alone. In the end, He will leave THEM alone, unless they repent. They will try to turn Christ into a revolutionary, and that won’t work: Jesus FLED to the mountains when the people tried to turn him into a political king! They will try to turn Christ into an existentialist, and they have walked away sad: Christ, Who Knows all things, does not think that being an “intellectual” something to be grasped at! For Christ came to save the simple, as well as the profound. Others have tried to turn Christ into a black man, an African, a Communist or a socialist or something else. The latest tricks include the absurd claim that Jesus married and had children; and still others have tried to turn Christ into a gay man.
    All of these efforts to avoid Christ and His Demands amount to nothing but irrational hysteria!

    The answer is simple. Christ is Our Creator and Our Salvation. Therefor, He is within His Rights to demand EVERYTHING of us, from us, for at the end of this Pilgrimage, we report to Him, and not some carnival barker. So in speaking for myself, I have the daily job of catching myself in my irrational thinking and behavior, and go down the checklist—did I do my duty? Have I said my prayers? Did I follow the Golden Rule? Did I avoid the temptation to turn Christ into something He Is Not? DID I AVOID TRYING TO DRAG GOD DOWN TO MY MISERABLE AND PETTY LITTLE LEVEL?
    This is what matters.

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