Signs and Works in John’s Gospel – John 12:12-24
C – O – L – T
Crowd – v. 12, 17 – In the crowd were witnesses to Lazarus’s resurrection. Now they were prepared to receive the Messiah. How short lived that would be.
Outcry – v. 13 – Hosanna. Take a moment and imagine the scene. People crowd the path that leads into the city and to the temple. They cast down their coats, put palm branches in the street, and cry out to God. Can you hear them cry out to God? They are praising God in the highest.
Legation – v. 21 – The Greeks came to Philip. He took them to Andrew. Andrew did what we should do. He led them to Jesus. This marked a turning point. There were men who wanted to see Jesus. In our generation there are men and women who want to do likewise. They need someone to serve as Andrew.
Threat – v. 19, 10-11 – To the leaders this was a threat. They were jealous. They were fearful. Their power was in danger if the crowd followed Jesus. So, they did something diabolical. They set in motion a plan to have Jesus killed.
Exemplary Story: It’s been many years since I worked at university with a community chapel on the campus. It was appropriately named All Saint’s Chapel. The chapel was a grand edifice with stone walls, high arches, beautiful stained glass, and ornate hardwood pews and furniture. The polished flagstone flooring was kept in perfect order. I was most interested to inquire from a student how things went during worship on Palm Sunday. My equestrian friend had arranged to bring a donkey to All Saint’s Chapel and lead her down the center aisle to the altar during the children’s presentation. Later I was pleased to hear the report, “It’ll never be the same again.”