Love life and lose it (Jn 12:25-12:25)

“Those who love

Their life

Will lose it.

Those who hate

Their life

In this world

Will keep it

For eternal life.”

ὁ φιλῶν τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ ἀπολλύει αὐτήν, καὶ ὁ μισῶν τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ τούτῳ εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον φυλάξει αὐτήν.

Then John has this shared saying with the synoptics.  Jesus said that those who loved (ὁ φιλῶν) their life (τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ) would lose it (ἀπολλύει αὐτήν).  Those who hated (καὶ ὁ μισῶν) their life (τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ) in this world (ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ τούτῳ) would keep it (φυλάξει αὐτήν) for eternal life (εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον).  This same message can be found in Matthew, Luke, and Mark.  In order to gain your eternal life, you would have to lose your life for the sake of Jesus.  Matthew, chapter 16:25, indicated that Jesus said that anyone who thinks that he has found his life or soul (ὁ εὑρὼν τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ) will lose it (ἀπολέσει αὐτήν).  On the other hand, anyone who loses their life or soul (καὶ ὁ ἀπολέσας τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ) for the sake of Jesus (ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ) will find their life or soul (εὑρήσει αὐτήν).  Thus, you have to lose your life or soul in Jesus, in order to truly live.  Mark, chapter 8:35, indicated that Jesus told his disciples how to save their lives.  Jesus said that whoever wished, desired, or wanted to save their life (ὃς γὰρ ἐὰν θέλῃ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ σῶσαι), they would lose it (ἀπολέσει αὐτήν).  However, anyone who lost their life for the sake of Jesus (ὃς δ’ ἂν ἀπολέσῃ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ), or for the sake of the gospel or good news of Jesus (καὶ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου), they would save their lives (σώσει αὐτήν).  This last phrase was not in the other gospel stories.  Luke, chapter 9:24, indicated that Jesus said that anyone who wanted to save his life (ὃς γὰρ ἐὰν θέλῃ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ σῶσαι), would lose it or have it sent away (ἀπολέσει αὐτήν).  Those who lost their life (ὃς δ’ ἂν ἀπολέσῃ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ) for the sake of Jesus (ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ), would save it (οὗτος σώσει αὐτήν).  Jesus told his disciples how to save their lives.  Luke, chapter 17:33, indicated that Jesus said to them (εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτούς) that whoever came to him (Εἴ τις ἔρχεται πρός με) had to hate or love less (καὶ οὐ μισεῖ), their own life itself (ἔτι τε καὶ τὴν ψυχὴν ἑαυτοῦ).  Otherwise, they were not able to be his disciples (οὐ δύναται εἶναί μου μαθητής).  There were slight nuances among all these evangelical writings.  The emphasis in all these various gospel writings was put on losing your life now for a great cause that would lead to an eternal life with Jesus.  Would you lose your life here on earth for an eternal life with Jesus?

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