Other Accounts of What You Read in John 12
Understanding the Scriptures
|Ointment of spikenard (v. 3)||Perfumed cream|
|Odour (v. 3)||Smell, scent|
|Three hundred pence (v. 5)||About a year’s wages for a common laborer|
|Consulted (v. 10)||Counseled together|
|Hosanna (v. 13)||A shout of praise that means “Save now”|
|Perceive (v. 19)||Understand|
|Prevail (v. 19)||Accomplish|
|Abideth alone (v. 24)||Stays as it is|
|Esaias (vv. 38–39)||Isaiah|
John 12:14–19—What Was the Significance of Jesus Riding into Jerusalem on a Donkey?
See “Understanding the Scriptures” for Matthew 21:1–11 (p. 29).
John 12:25–26—Are We Really Supposed to Hate Our Own Lives?
The counsel in these verses is much like the counsel Jesus gave on other occasions to “lose” your life for His sake (for example, see Matthew 16:24–26). In Mosiah 3:19 we learn that “the natural man is an enemy to God.” It should not be hard to understand that we must hate the kind of life that makes us enemies to God in order to obtain the eternal life Jesus promised in John 12:25–26.
John 12:31—“The Prince of This World”
This phrase refers to Satan, the devil. He is “the prince of this world” in the sense that he has great power and influence in this fallen world and rules over the many who have given him power over them. John 12:31 tells us that he will be removed from his position of power at the time of judgment, which will first occur at Christ’s Second Coming.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study John 12.
Different Attitudes about Jesus
List the following people and groups of people in your notebook: Mary (see John 12:1–8), Judas (see vv. 1–8), people who came with branches (see vv. 12–18), Greeks (see vv. 20–22), chief priests and chief rulers (vv. 10–11, 42–43). After each, tell how you think they felt about Jesus, based on what you read in John 12.
Describe two or three righteous principles you are now following in your life that show your love for Jesus Christ.
As explained in John 8, the phrase “I am” had special meaning to the Jewish people (see “Understanding the Scriptures” for John 8:58, p. 82). John recorded many of the special occasions when Jesus chose to testify of who He is and of His mission with an “I am” statement. List and read John 6:35, 41, 48, 51; 8:12 (and 12:46); 10:7, 9, 11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; and 15:1, 5. After each scripture reference, briefly explain what it teaches us about the mission of Jesus Christ.