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Bible Commentaries

Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible

John 12

Verses 1-50

The shadows of the Passion were now falling across the path of the Christ. In what happened at the supper we have a vivid contrast. Mary and Judas arrest our attention. She, discovering the sorrows of His heart, pressed closely to Him, and sacramentally expressed her love. Judas, blinded in self-interest, criticized her action, and so revealed himself as utterly opposed to the very spirit of the Lord Himself.

From Bethany Jesus passed to Jerusalem, where a stupendous outburst of welcome greeted Him. It was of little worth, as subsequent events proved. Nevertheless, He moved through the worthless present, transmuting it into the triumphant future.

The incident of the coming of the Greeks is full of revelation, for it drew from our Lord that contemplation of His own death and its issue expressed in the symbol of the grain of wheat.

At this point in his narrative, John shows how, notwithstanding all the signs, the people did not believe; and then records what would seem to be the last public testimony of Jesus. It is a summarized statement of His claims, made just as the light of the working day was passing and the hour of darkness was approaching. Nothing can possibly be more sublime than these closing public utterances of our Lord. They are in perfect harmony with the marvelous conception of Him presented to us in this Gospel as the revealed Love and Light and Life of heaven.

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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on John 12". "Morgan's Exposition on the Bible". 1857-84.