Rev. Geoff Beakley
Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.
“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—’Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die. John 12:20-33
Originally known as Temüjin of the Borjigin, Genghis Khan lived from 1162 to 1227. His father was khan of a small tribe, but Genghis Khan was orphaned when he was just a child. The new tribal leader cast him out and left him to die. Genghis survived to unite the Mongolian tribes and conquer territories as far apart as Afghanistan and northern China. In all, Genghis conquered almost four times the lands of Alexander the Great.
Some argue that Genghis Khan was the greatest conquering hero of all time, but there is someone greater, much greater. Jesus Christ is the ultimate conquering hero. This week’s scripture selection from the Gospel of John gives the reader some insight into the culmination of Christ’s life and ministry here on earth. Jesus says, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” This was to indicate the kind of death he was to die. Jesus was crucified, dead and buried, but he rose again and ascended into heaven which draws us to him. Jesus Christ gave himself up as the ultimate sacrifice of love for all humanity. Jesus Christ is the ultimate conquering hero and He conquered sin and death for our salvation…Genghis Khan has nothing on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I pray God has blessed you all this week in your walk with Christ.
Most Holy God,
We thank you for your ultimate act of love toward your creation in the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Enable us to receive your love and realize your forgiveness is real in our lives. We put our trust in you.