Gospel John 12:12-19
“25 Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?’” (Jn 11:25–26). Jesus enters Jerusalem on His way to the cross so that in faith you may receive all these benefits. Yes, He comes as king, but a very different kind of king. He will not rule with violence, power, rage, or wrath. Rather His rule is one of grace, mercy, kindness, justice, and every good thing. He is just because He justifies. He saves because He is Saviour.
St. John ends his account with the Pharisees bemoaning the popularity of Jesus: “Look, the world has gone after him” (Jn 12:19), they say. But the victory Jesus brings over sin, death, and devil isn’t enough for everyone to go after Him. Some still want more, they want a Saviour in their own image, to be their own god. Such it was then, is now, and will always be. But Christ our Lord comes now, humbly, submitting to the will of the Father, so that we might be raised to eternal life. “Everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”