Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.
A Window: The Word
"The words of Jesus are the window through which we see the Light of Jesus. And through which we climb by faith." —tweeted by John Piper, December 15, 2012
And now in the last three verses the emphasis falls on the words of Jesus, the commandment of Jesus, and the outcome of salvation and eternal life for those who hear and embrace those words as the window onto the light of Jesus. Verses 47–50:If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me. —John 12:47-50We know Jesus, and we know the Father, and we are saved, and we have eternal life through the words of Jesus. Because they are the very words of God, and they have the unique, divine power to bring Jesus himself to the human soul. “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (John 6:63). “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). Verse 48: “The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word.”And with that, his public ministry is over. And for two thousand years we have had exactly what we need: the words of Jesus. The word of God. This is how we know him. This is how we receive him. This is how we fellowship with him. The word. O, precious word. O precious Christ.