12:51 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence,
and given to the poor?
(1) A horrible example in Judas of a mind blinded with
covetousness, and yet pretending godliness.
12:72 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my
burying hath she kept this.
(2) This extraordinary anointing, which was a sign, is allowed
by God so that he may witness that he will not be
worshipped with outward pomp or costly service, but with
12:93 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was
there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that
they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the
(3) When the light of the gospel shows itself, some are found
to be curious, and others are found to be open enemies (and
these latter ones should be the least opposed to the
gospel): others fervently honour him whom they will
immediately fall away from, and very few receive him as
reverently as they ought to. Nonetheless, Christ begins
his spiritual kingdom in the midst of his enemies.
12:194 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves,
Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is
gone after him.
(4) Even they who go about to oppress Christ are made
instruments of his glory.
12:20 And there were certain Greeks among them that a came up
to worship at the feast:
(a) After the solemn custom: the Greeks were first so
called by the name of the country of Greece, where
they lived: but afterward, all that were not of the
Jew's religion, but worshipped false gods and were
also called heathens, were called by the name Greeks.
12:245 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat
fall into the ground and b die, it abideth alone: but if
it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
(5) The death of Christ is as it were a sowing, which seems to
be a dying of the corn, but indeed is the cause of a much
greater harvest: and such as is the condition of the head,
so will be the condition of the members.
(b) A wheat corn dies when it is changed in the ground, and
becomes the root of a fruitful new plant.
12:276 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father,
save me from this c hour: but for this cause came I unto
(6) While Christ went about to suffer all the punishment which
is due to our sins, and while his divinity did not yet show
his might and power so that the satisfaction might be fully
accomplished, he is stricken with the great fear of the
curse of God, and so he cries and prays, and desires to be
released: yet nonetheless he prefers the will and glory of
his Father before all things, and his Father allows this
obedience even from heaven.
(c) That is, of death which is now at hand.
12:28 Father, d glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from
heaven, [saying], I have both glorified [it], and will
glorify [it] again.
(d) So then the Father's glory is Christ's glory.
12:307 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because
of me, but for your sakes.
(7) Christ foretells to the deaf the manner of his death, the
overcoming of the devil and the world, and in conclusion
12:32 And I, if I be e lifted up from the earth, will draw f
all [men] unto me.
(e) Christ used a word which has a double meaning, for it
signifies either to lift up or to get out of the way:
for he intended them to think of his death, but the
Jews seemed to take it another way.
(f) Chrysostom and Theophylact say that this word "all"
refers to all nations: that is, not only to the Jews.
12:358 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the
light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest
darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness
knoweth not whither he goeth.
(8) Unmeasurable is the mercy of God, but a horrible judgment
follows if it is condemned.
12:36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be
the g children of light. These things spake Jesus, and
departed, and did hide himself from them.
(g) That is, partakers of light.
12:379 But though he had done so many miracles before them,
yet they believed not on him:
(9) Faith is not of nature, but of grace.
12:38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled,
which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to
whom hath the h arm of the Lord been revealed?
(h) The arm of the Lord is the gospel, which is the power
of God to salvation to all that believe, and therefore
the arm of the Lord is not revealed to those whose
hearts the Lord has not opened.
12:4210 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many
believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not
confess [him], lest they should be put out of the
(10) The ones who believe are not only few in number, if they
are compared with the unbelievers, but also the majority
of those few (yea, and especially the ones of highest
rank) fear men more than God.
12:4411 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me,
believeth i not on me, but on him that sent me.
(11) The sum of the gospel, and therefore of salvation, which
Christ witnessed in the midst of Jerusalem by his crying
out, is this: to rest upon Christ through faith as the
only Saviour appointed and given us by the Father.
(i) This word "not" does not take anything away from
Christ which is spoken of here, but is rather spoken
in way of correction, as if he said, "He that believes
in me does not so much believe in me as in him that
sent me." So is it in (Mk 9:37).