Gospel of John
Gospel of John Sacrifice Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
"Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name." (NRSV 12:27-28)
Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. (KJV 12:27-28)
Jesus never really doubts God's whole plan for his death. These words are about as close as he comes and it's still just a rhetorical question that he quickly brushes aside. The other gospels dwell on this point a bit more. But, really, is it unreasonable to think that Jesus might have been a little nervous about being nailed to a cross to die?
Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus answered, "Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterward." Peter said to him, "Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you." (NRSV 13:36-37)
Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards. Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake. (KJV 13:36-37)
Peter's right. About thirty years later, he too would be executed by Rome for following the path God laid out for him. Not the best fortune to see for yourself.
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. (NRSV 15:13)
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (KJV John 15:13, KJV)
Bon Jovi and pretty much every other singer/songwriter ever agree with Jesus—laying down your life is the greatest love of all.