Monday: Cup Lanterns

Monday: Cup Lanterns

John 12:20-36

Some Greeks Wish to See Jesus

20 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 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. 25 Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

Jesus Speaks about His Death

27 “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. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people[a] to myself.” 33 He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die. 34 The crowd answered him, “We have heard from the law that the Messiah[b] remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” 35 Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.”

The Unbelief of the People

After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them. On Palm Sunday Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey. People offer him a warm welcome by waving palm branches and throwing their cloaks on the road ahead of him. They shout “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” The people are excited that Jesus is here but they do not realise what lays ahead for him.

Throughout Jesus ministry he speaks of the idea of himself being the ‘light’, like a shining beacon to guide the way for all people.  During Jesus’ last few days with the disciples he encouraged them to put their trust in the ‘light’ and to soak it up so that they can carry the ‘light’ to the people when he was gone.

Activity: Cup Lanterns

Resources: polystyrene cup, battery tea light candle, toothpick

Use a toothpick to poke holes in the polystyrene cup. Place your candle under the upside down cup and reflect on how in a dark room the light shines through even the smallest of holes, just as the message of Jesus can reach all parts of earth and it’s people.