The Distinguishing Voice (John 12:20-32)

Gearl Spicer Gearl Spicer, July 31, 2022
Part of the Lessons on Prayer From Jesus series, preached at a Sunday Online service

John 12:20–32 (Listen)

20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. 21 So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”


Sermon Notes

Secrets of The Heart
Lessons On Prayer From Jesus

The Distinguishing Voice
John 12:20-32

Have you ever heard a voice you couldn't forget?

Prayer opens the door for us to hear the voice of God in our hearts!

…these then came to Phiip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and began to ask him, saying, Sir we wish to see Jesus. John 12:21

He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. John 12:25

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. Father glorify your name. Then a voice came out of heaven: I have both glorified it and will glorify it again. John 12:27-28

We glorify God when we seek Him above all others! Prayer does that!

I. Everyone looks for a true answer - John 12:20-22
A. Living in pursuit leads to purpose in life
B. Seeking Jesus will lead to encounters and answers

II. Preparing our hearts opens our lives to effective praying - John 12:24-26
A. Pain is reflected in the grain - Anything of value demands a price
B. Eternity is reflected in how we choose to live
C. Service and submission lead to a life of honor from God

III. Simple prayer with profound answer - John 12:27-32
A. We must choose to glorify God with our lives
B. Heaven speaks to validate His purpose - The Cross
C. Jesus teaches that He is the answer they need

Do you hear His voice?

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