Journey of Sacrifice / John 12:12-13 (Sermon Notes & Audio)

Posted on March 31, 2013


This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the morning of March 24, 2013. This message looks at Jesus’ journey of sacrifice which led Him to the cross. You will find audio of the sermon, and my sermon notes below. Please note that the notes are not a complete transcript, they are only notes. For the complete message, you should listen to the audio.



Journey to Glory


Journey to the Cross / John 12:12-13

We know Jesus as our glorified Lord and Savior, but to get there was no easy task.

The journey was a journey of sacrifice, and took a path that nobody expected.

Such is God, He often takes us down the path least expected.

Scripture records this unexpected journey of Jesus – a journey of sacrifice, where most expected a conquering king.

That’s exactly what they thought they were getting as Jesus rode into Jerusalem.

But long before that day, the first step that Jesus had to take, was to come to us.

He had to step down off of His throne in Heaven, and become a man.

Philippians 2:5-8

Jesus literally emptied Himself, and became a man.

He took on a dual nature, that of fully man, and fully God – all at the same time.

As we see in that passage, Jesus’ obedience eventually lead Him to the point of death, but most people never expected that.

As Jesus entered into His public ministry and His identity became known, people expected that He would overthrow Rome, and establish His kingdom.

This is evident in the account of His triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

The people praised Him, expecting a different kind of deliverance.

From about two centuries earlier, the waving of palm branches had become a nationalistic symbol that signaled the fervent hope that a messianic liberator was arriving on the scene.

Hosanna is a Hebrew term that means save now.

These people wanted a military deliverance, and they wanted it now – and there were a lot of them.

Josephus, a first century Jewish historian, says that there were 2.7 million people in Jerusalem for the passover on that occasion.

With so many people expecting a certain thing, Jesus never caved to public opinion.

Instead, Jesus continued with God’s plan.

Instead of heading into Rome and taking the throne, which He could have easily done, Jesus went to Gethsemane.

John 18:1-3

The Kidron Valley is located east of Jerusalem, between the city wall and the Mount of Olives; and the Garden of Gethsemane is on the western slope of Olivet.

Jesus often went to this Garden with His disciples, no doubt to rest, meditate, and pray.

He knew that Judas would come for Him there, and He was ready.

The first Adam disobeyed God and was cast out of the Garden, but the Last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45) was obedient to God, as He went into the Garden of Gethsemane.

Eden was the garden of disobedience and sin, and Gethsemane was the garden of obedience and submission.

From there, His journey took Him to a place of trial.

John 19:13

Gabbatha simply means an elevated platform, and He didn’t stay there long; the mockery of a trial was soon over, and Pilate delivered Him to be crucified.

Obedience will certainly lead us to a place of trial.

However long that trial may seem to last, in the grand scheme of things, we won’t be there long.

The result of Jesus’ trial, lead His journey to the place of Sacrifice.

John 19:16-17

He was betrayed in a place called Gethsemane, condemned in a place called Gabbatha, and crucified in a place called Golgotha, but that wasn’t all, he still had to be laid in a tomb.

John 19:41-42

This took His journey to the place of victory!

This tomb was the place from which He arose, and our salvation was secured forever!

We all start out in sin, but Jesus’ sacrifice enabled, for us, a path to faithful obedience.

Just as in Jesus’ life, the path of obedience will lead us to the place of trial, which will ultimately lead us to a place of sacrifice, as we realize that our service isn’t always easy.

This journey of sacrifice that Jesus made, ultimately ended in His glory.

Jesus has promised that the journey of the faithful will also lead to glory.

John 14:2-3

Because He went to a place called calvary, we can be with Him in a place called heaven.

John 12:12-13
These people wanted a conquering king, who would overthrow Rome.

What they got was a savior who overthrew their sins. Oh how God blesses in unexpected ways.

He could have given them a temporary solution, but instead He provided a permanent one!