Gospel of John Chapter 12

The Gospel of John Chapter 12 tells the story of the Mary anointing Jesus feet followed by the prophetic triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, where the story seemingly finishes.

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Daily Study Questions


Day One


1. Provide the following information for the setting of the opening of the Gospel of John Chapter 12:

  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where
  • Why

2. Compare the attitudes of Mary and Judas to Jesus. What motivated them?

3. Twice Jesus defends Mary’s actions. What misconduct was she wrongly accused of and how have we wrongly accused others for similar conduct?


Day Two


1. What can we conclude from the following passages of Scripture from the Gospel of John?

  • Gospel of John Chapter 4, verse 47
  • Gospel of John Chapter 6, verse 2
  • Gospel of John Chapter 7, verse 11
  • Gospel of John Chapter 10, verse 41
  • Gospel of John Chapter 11, verse 56
  • Gospel of John Chapter 12, verse 9
  • Gospel of John Chapter 12, verse 12

2. What would be the benefit to the Chief Priests in killing Lazarus?

3. Why did the Jewish people –

  • take palm branches to greet Jesus
  • Shout the word "Hosanna"
  • quote the Scripture of Psalm 118:25-26


Day Three


1. In the context of Zechariah 9:1-10:1, where Jesus’ triumphal entry is prophesied, why might the Jewish leadership have also welcomed him as king?

2. What did the Pharisees expect to happen when Jesus was seen publicly after he raised Lazarus from the dead?


Day Four


1. Do you think Jesus met with the Gentiles? Why or why not?

2. What was Jesus saying in his reply in the Gospel of John Chapter 12, verses 23 and 24?

3. In the Gospel of John Chapter 12, verse 25 it states “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” How do we love or hate our lives in this world and how is it related to eternal life?


Day Five


1. Why was Jesus’ heart troubled?

2. How had God already glorified His name, and how would He glorify it again?

3. What passages in the Old Testament might the Jews have been referring to in the Gospel of John Chapter 12, verse 34 where they state that the Christ will remain forever?


Day Six


1. What were the benefits of believing in Jesus and consequences of not believing in him as provided in the Gospel of John Chapter 12, verses 35 - 50?

2. In the context of the setting why might Jesus’ discussion of his death seem out of place to some?

3. As we finish the Gospel of John Chapter 12, we are more than halfway through our study of the Book of John. Looking back on these 12 Chapters of the Gospel of John that we have studied, what is the most interesting spiritual truth that you have learned?



Compare Your Answers for the Gospel of John Chapter 12




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