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The Gospel in Four Words

Updated: Feb 2, 2018



In John 12:27-28, Jesus sums the entire Gospel up for us in just four words. Jesus communicates this message after he has just arrived in Jerusalem on a donkey to people shouting, “Hosanna!” He has come to Jerusalem to die, and it is in this context that Jesus gives us the Gospel. Here’s what he says in verse 27,


Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour.


We know from the Old Testament that Jesus could have called on a legion of angels to come down and destroy this place. So he asks the question, “And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’?” But that is not the reason he has come to this hour of suffering and death. He says, “But for this purpose I have come to this hour.” So what is the purpose this hour of suffering and death? Surely he will speak of our salvation or rescue. Here’s what he says in verse 28:


“Father, glorify your Name.”