For 11 long chapters, John has been chronicling 7 signs, from Jesus’ 3 years of ministry, that he did in order to prove that he is who he claims to be. All the while, opposition was growing against him, but “his hour had not yet come” (2:4; 7:30; 8:20). Yet, when Jesus is asked by his disciples if the Gentiles can come and see him, then Jesus knows that “The hour has come.” (12:23) And so, Jesus (& John) in chapter 12, is transitioning from the public, to the private. This transition is marked by scenes of notable brevity. From the signs to the cross. Jesus, like a grain of wheat, must fall to the ground and die, in order to produce much fruit. (12:24)
Jason Bryan-Brown preaching on John 12, on the 25th of September, 2016.