After the anointing at Bethany and the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, there was an amazing miracle of God that happened as Jesus was predicting His death. It was also witnessed by the same crowd of people who had witnessed Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead and who were with Him when He entered Jerusalem. Although the miracle happened as Jesus was speaking, He made it clear that the benefit of the miracle was for the people. May this miracle encourage your heart and benefit your soul with faith in Jesus!
Let’s take a look at what happened after Jesus entered Jerusalem in chapter 12 of the Book of John:
“Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. Many people, because they had heard that he had given this miraculous sign, went out to meet him. So the Pharisees said to one another, “See this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”
Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.
Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!”
Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.
Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.”
It is a miracle in itself that Jesus predicted His death and then on top of that God spoke to Him from heaven and the whole crowd heard it! Praise God! Just imagine that scene in your mind for a moment–it is incredible! What would you have done if you had been there and you heard God’s voice from Heaven?! An actual audible voice! Again, praise God!
This miracle happened two other times to Jesus. The first time was when He was being baptized by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13-17) and the second time was during His transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-13).
“And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
“While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
It is beautiful that Jesus and the crowd of people heard God’s voice just days before Jesus was crucified. I love how Jesus doesn’t ask to be saved from His coming suffering, but instead cries out for God to be glorified! And just at that moment, God spoke from Heaven!
Jesus knew why He had come to earth, He knew His mission, and He was fully prepared to finish it! Three times Jesus heard God’s voice from Heaven and three times there were witnesses present to hear it! Many times people overlook the miracles of the Bible. Please don’t! These are historical accounts that were written for the benefit of those who read them! These true stories lead to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and they are available to read worldwide! No matter where you live in this world, truly think upon these things. Consider the historical record of Jesus and come to Him! Even now He is drawing everyone to Himself and that includes you!
Jesus has defeated the prince of this world, that is the evil one. Jesus has your freedom from sin and death! Jesus is the key to unlock the chains of the devil’s work on this earth! Do you want to be free? Do you want eternal life? Maybe this Easter, its time to look past the bunnies and chocolate eggs and consider what Jesus truly did for you when He died on that cross.
Jesus proved He was the Son of God many times while He was on earth. There are many more miracles to read about and I hope the fact that God spoke to Jesus audibly from Heaven three different times sparks an interest in you to learn more. Jesus loves you, He died for you to forgive all your sins, and through faith in Him you will be saved from death and have eternal life!
“This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Jesus promising eternal life in John 3:16
Amen Lord Jesus, may Your Name be glorified!
Grace and peace to you all!