John 12:26
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New International Version
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

New Living Translation
Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.

English Standard Version
If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

Berean Study Bible
If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, My servant will be as well. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

Berean Literal Bible
If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

New American Standard Bible
"If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

King James Bible
If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me. Where I am, there My servant also will be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

International Standard Version
If anyone serves me, he must follow me. And where I am, there my servant will also be. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him."

NET Bible
If anyone wants to serve me, he must follow me, and where I am, my servant will be too. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

New Heart English Bible
If anyone serves me, let him follow me; and where I am, there will my servant also be. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“If a man serves me, he shall come after me, and where I am there shall also my servant be. Whoever ministers to me, The Father shall honor.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who serve me must follow me. My servants will be with me wherever I will be. If people serve me, the Father will honor them.

New American Standard 1977
“If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall My servant also be; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If anyone serves me, let them follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; the one that serves me, will my Father honour.

King James 2000 Bible
If any man serves me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serves me, him will my Father honor.

American King James Version
If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.

American Standard Version
If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will the Father honor.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If any man minister to me, let him follow me; and where I am, there also shall my minister be. If any man minister to me, him will my Father honour.

Darby Bible Translation
If any one serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there also shall be my servant. [And] if any one serve me, him shall the Father honour.

English Revised Version
If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will the Father honour.

Webster's Bible Translation
If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.

Weymouth New Testament
If a man wishes to be my servant, let him follow me; and where I am, there too shall my servant be. If a man wishes to be my servant, the Father will honour him.

World English Bible
If anyone serves me, let him follow me. Where I am, there will my servant also be. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

Young's Literal Translation
if any one may minister to me, let him follow me, and where I am, there also my ministrant shall be; and if any one may minister to me -- honour him will the Father.
Study Bible
Jesus Predicts His Death
25Whoever loves his life will lose it, but whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, My servant will be as well. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. 27Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? No, it is for this purpose that I have come to this hour.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 2:30
"Therefore the LORD God of Israel declares, 'I did indeed say that your house and the house of your father should walk before Me forever'; but now the LORD declares, 'Far be it from Me-- for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me will be lightly esteemed.

Psalm 91:15
"He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.

Luke 12:37
Blessed are those servants whom the master finds on watch when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve and will have them recline at the table, and he himself will come and wait on them.

John 14:3
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and welcome you into My presence, so that you also may be where I am.

John 17:24
Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, that they may see the glory You gave Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

2 Corinthians 5:8
We are confident, then, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

Philippians 1:23
I am torn between the two. I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better indeed.

1 Thessalonians 4:17
After that, we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.
Treasury of Scripture

If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.

serve.

John 13:16 Truly, truly, I say to you, The servant is not greater than his lord; …

John 14:15 If you love me, keep my commandments.

John 15:20 Remember the word that I said to you, The servant is not greater …

Luke 6:46 And why call you me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated …

Romans 14:18 For he that in these things serves Christ is acceptable to God, and …

2 Corinthians 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves …

Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for …

Colossians 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: …

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always …

2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ…

1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his …

Jude 1:1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them …

let.

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

John 21:22 Jesus said to him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that …

Numbers 14:24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and …

Numbers 32:11 Surely none of the men that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years …

Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus to his disciples, If any man will come after me, …

Mark 8:34 And when he had called the people to him with his disciples also, …

Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny …

Ephesians 5:1,2 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children…

Revelation 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. …

where.

John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive …

John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom you have given me, be with me …

Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will behold your face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, …

Matthew 25:21 His lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant: you …

2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the …

Philippians 1:23 For I am in a strait between two, having a desire to depart, and …

1 Thessalonians 4:17,18 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with …

him.

John 14:21-23 He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves …

1 Samuel 2:30 Why the LORD God of Israel said, I said indeed that your house, and …

Proverbs 27:18 Whoever keeps the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that …

(26) If any man serve me, let him follow me.--The close connection of John 12:23-25 make it certain that the spiritual law of sacrifice is there applied to the life of our Lord Himself. This verse makes it equally certain that the law is applied to those who follow Him. The point of the whole teaching is missed unless we think of the Greeks as present. They had come as volunteer disciples. Did they know what the discipleship was? Were they prepared to follow Him in self-sacrifice, that through sacrifice they may obtain eternal life? It had been the condition of earlier discipleship. It is laid down for the new disciples, but in the presence of the older ones who in the dark days that have now come were to learn what sacrifice meant. The Greeks needed no less than the Hebrews to learn it; the men of a wider civilisation and more philosophic thought no less than the fishermen of Galilee and the scribes of Jerusalem. All self-seeking, whether in the coarser forms of pleasure and power or in the more refined forms of emotion and thought, is self-loving; all self-sacrifice, whether in the daily round of duty to man or in the devotion of the whole self to God, is self-saving. Self-seeking is always akin to, and ofttimes one with, hatred of others; and hatred is death. Self-sacrifice is akin to, and one with, love to others; and love is life.

And where I am, there shall also my servant be.--This is an anticipation of the glory of the Son of man for which the hour had already come. (Comp. Note on John 17:24.)

If any man serve me, him will my Father honour.--The condition is the same as in the first clause of the verse, the difference of that which follows upon the condition again bringing out in the fulness of its meaning the law of life through sacrifice:

"If any man serve Me,"

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"he that hateth his life in this world"

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"shall keep it unto life eternal."

The honour of the servant after his work is done is in the same relation to that work as the glory of the Son of man is to His work. This honour will consist in his being where the Son of man is; and this will be the Father's gift (John 17:24).

Verse 26. - In this verse the Lord brings the light of heaven down into this deep paradox. He speaks like an anointed King and great Captain of salvation, who has (διάκονοι) "servants" willing to do his bidding. If any man will be my servant, let him follow me along the line which I am prepared to take, in the way of sacrifice and death, which is the true glorification; and where I am, there shall also my servant be. This association of the servant with the Lord, as the sufficient and the transcendent motive, pervades the Gospels (cf. John 14:3 and John 17:24; comp. also Luke 23:43, "with me in Paradise;" and 2 Corinthians 12:2, 4; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23). It is remarkable that Christ chose the twelve that they should be "with him" (Mark 3:14). There is no greater blessedness. Still, the Lord adds, If any man serve me, him will the Father honor. For the Father to honor a poor child of the dust seems almost more than we can receive. The conception of the steps by means of which the Lord makes this possible to his followers and servants produced in his own self-consciousness one of those sudden and overwhelming crises and changes from joy to perturbation, as of agony to peace and to reconcilement with the eternal Father's will, which prove how certainly St. John is always portraying the same Personage, the same transcendent character whom the synoptists describe (Luke 12:49, 50; comp. Luke 19:38, 41; Matthew 11:20, 25; Matthew 16:17, etc., and 21). More than this, the whole passage that follows is a solemn prelude to that agony of the garden which the synoptists alone record, while they omit this. If any man serve, me,.... Or is willing to be a servant of Christ, and to be esteemed as such;

let him follow me; as in the exercise of the graces of love, humility, patience, self-denial, and resignation of will to the will of God, and in the discharge of every duty, walking as he walked, so in a way of suffering; for as the master, so the servants, as the head, so the members, through many tribulations, must enter the kingdom; to which he encourages by the following things:

and where I am; in heaven, as he now was, as the Son of God; or "where I shall be", as the Syriac and Persic versions render it, even as man, in the human nature, when raised from the dead:

there shall also my servant be; when he has done his work, and the place is prepared for him, and he for that, and where he shall ever abide; and as a further encouragement, he adds,

if any man serve me, him will my Father honour; by accepting his service, affording him his gracious presence here, and by giving him eternal glory hereafter, to which he has called him. 26. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: If any man serve me, him will my Father honour—Jesus here claims the same absolute subjection to Himself, as the law of men's exaltation to honor, as He yielded to the Father.12:20-26 In attendance upon holy ordinances, particularly the gospel passover, the great desire of our souls should be to see Jesus; to see him as ours, to keep up communion with him, and derive grace from him. The calling of the Gentiles magnified the Redeemer. A corn of wheat yields no increase unless it is cast into the ground. Thus Christ might have possessed his heavenly glory alone, without becoming man. Or, after he had taken man's nature, he might have entered heaven alone, by his own perfect righteousness, without suffering or death; but then no sinner of the human race could have been saved. The salvation of souls hitherto, and henceforward to the end of time, is owing to the dying of this Corn of wheat. Let us search whether Christ be in us the hope of glory; let us beg him to make us indifferent to the trifling concerns of this life, that we may serve the Lord Jesus with a willing mind, and follow his holy example.
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