Powerful Satan of the World

Sunday, August 22, 2021

27-28 “Right now I am shaken. And what am I going to say? ‘Father, get me out of this’? No, this is why I came in the first place. I’ll say, ‘Father, put your glory on display.'”

A voice came out of the sky: “I have glorified it, and I’ll glorify it again.”

29 The listening crowd said, “Thunder!”

Others said, “An angel spoke to him!”

30-33 Jesus said, “The voice didn’t come for me but for you. At this moment the world is in crisis. Now Satan, the ruler of this world, will be thrown out. And I, as I am lifted up from the earth, will attract everyone to me and gather them around me.” He put it this way to show how he was going to be put to death.

34 Voices from the crowd answered, “We heard from God’s Law that the Messiah lasts forever. How can it be necessary, as you put it, that the Son of Man’ be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”

-John 12:27-34 The Message

Verse 27: Now My soul has become troubled, and what shall I say, “Father, save Me from this hour?” But for this purpose, I came to this hour.

Verse 28: Father, glorify Your name; then a voice came out of heaven: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”

Verse 29: So the crowd of people who stood by and heard it were saying that it had thundered; others were saying, “An angel has spoken to Him.”

Verse 30: Jesus answered and said, “This voice has not come from My sake, but for your sakes.

Verse 27 study: Jesus had it hard before his crucifixion. Jesus didn’t want this, and because he was human then, he can feel that way. But Jesus knows God sent him to make sure Jesus saved us from our sins. So Jesus had to get away from his human desires and do what God said. It is not something we have to deal with, but we will have to be ready when God tells us to do something he wants us to do if we’re going to or not.

Verse 31: Now judgment is upon this world’ now the ruler of this world will be cast out.

Verse 32: And I, if I am lifted from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”

Verse 33: But He was saying this to indicate the kind of death by which He was to die.

Verse 34: The crowd then answered Him, “We have heard out of the Law that the Christ is to remain forever; and how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of man?”

Verse 31 study: Question to think about. Do you have someone in your life that tries and successfully overpowers you? Especially when it is a wrong kind of destroy? Like cheating on a test you studied hard? Or being slick trying to get rich but hasn’t got caught yet? Here’s the important thing. Satan has power. He is not fake; he is real. He was once an angel. So he has power. The more people are drawn to the darker power, the more Satan’s forces rule the earth. That’s why it is so vital to share the Good News of Jesus. The things he did to save you. Show how grateful he can be. Remember that Jesus resisted Satan in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). But Satan’s power is not mighty over Jesus, and that’s because Jesus was resurrected (Colossians 1:13-14). So keep your faithfulness to Jesus to get Satan’s power weaker and weaker.

Verse 32-34 studies: Celebrating an entrance to only find out some shocking things that Jesus said about the Messiah sets a different tone. When reading other scriptures, most people thought the Messiah would never die (Psalms 89:35-36, 110:4, Isaiah 9:7). But then some scriptures show that the Messiah would die (Isaiah 53:5-9). The words Jesus was saying didn’t grasp with them. Jesus had to suffer and then die, then set up His eternal kingdom. So be mindful of your thoughts about the Messiah. It probably won’t fit the narrative.

Father, thank you for today. We are all thankful every day you wake us up and start us out on our day. I pray we understand your words and not what we think. If we don’t understand, let us ask and better understand instead of painting a different picture. In Jesus’ name. Amen!