HOST: Ron House
Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 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.
“We wish to see Jesus.” What a wonderful attitude and powerful request. The language indicates that these God-fearing Greeks wanted to do more than simply to see Him; they wanted to speak with Him, to get to know Him. They had heard about Jesus and wanted to know the Messiah. Jesus’ response was not to these men specifically, but to the entire crowd in general. Throughout Jesus’ ministry, He had often said that His time had not yet come. His purpose on the earth was not complete, and the time for His atoning death had not come yet. But the coming of these Greek men is another indication that things have changed. Jesus’ time has now come. He has accomplished all that was needed with the exception of the shedding of His blood for the sins of the world. It was time for God’s saving grace to be extended to all nations and people. It was time for sin’s power to be vanquished and Satan’s hold to be broken. Jesus’ death was imminent, and the world would never be the same. It was time.
What do you think v. 25 means?
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