Bruner on John 11.52


… and not just to die in the place of that nation alone but also in order to gather together the scattered children of God everywhere into one community.” [John 11.52] We may, therefore, appropriately end John 11 with a brief parade of Israel’s main texts foretelling and celebrating the Messiah’s magnetic worldwide work, honored just now afresh and unconsciously by Caiaphas’ Prophecy, as the corwning meaning of the raising of Lazarus (I will heighten relevant words and phrases):

Isaiah 2:3: “Many peoples will come and say, ‘“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord.'”

Isaiah 42:6: “I have given you, [Servant of the Lord], a covenant to the people, a light to the nations.”

Isaiah 43:5: “I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you; I will say to the north, ‘Give them up,’ and to the south, ‘Do not withhold; bring my sons from far away and my daughters from the end of the earth – everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.'”

Isaiah 45:21: “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth.”

Isaiah 49:6: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

Isaiah 56:7: “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”

Amos 9:11-12 [… in Acts 15:13-18]: “James replied, ‘My brothers, listen to me. Simon [Peter] has related how God first looked favorably on the Gentiles, to take from among them a people for his name. This agrees with the words of the prophets … as it is written, “After this I will return, and I will rebuild the dwelling of David, which has fallen; from its ruins I will rebuild it, and I will set it up, so that all other peoples may seek the Lord – even all the Gentiles over whom my name has been called. Thus says the Lord, who has been making these things known from long ago.”‘”

Frederick Dale Bruner, The Gospel of John: A Commentary (Eerdmans, 2012), pp.693-694