Some Greek people were among those who had gone to Jerusalem to worship during the festival (184). They went to Philip, one of the twelve witnesses, and said, “Sir, we want to see Jesus.” Philip went & told Andrew, and the two of them went & told Jesus.
But, instead of responding directly to their information, Jesus took Philip & Andrew in a different direction. “The hour has now come for me to receive great glory. A grain of wheat remains no more than a single grain –unless it’s planted in the ground & dies. But when it dies, it becomes a plant that produces many more grains.
“Anyone who loves his life in this world will lose it; anyone who doesn’t love his life in this world will experience new life that will continue in heaven forever, even after physical death.
“Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me. My servants must be with me wherever I am. God will honor anyone who serves me with such dedication.
“I admit, my heart is troubled, but does that mean I should ask God, not to make me go through this hour of suffering? No, I came among you for this exact purpose – to go through this hour of suffering.
“My prayer is that God will bring glory to his name.” Then a voice was heard speaking from heaven, “I will bring glory to my name.” Some in the crowd who heard the voice said it was thunder, while others said, “An angel spoke to him!”
But Jesus said to them all, “This voice was God speaking to you. When I am lifted up on the cross –in order to draw people to God — that’s when Satan is going down.”
Jesus was referring to his impending execution. Some in the crowd vaguely got this & questioned Jesus: “Our law says the Messiah will live forever. How, then, can you say that you will be lifted up on a cross? Who do you think you are?”
Jesus replied, “My light will be with you a while longer. Continue in this light, so darkness will not overcome you, because if you’re in the dark, you’re lost. Trust in my light while you have it, and always be people who share my light.”
After this, Jesus went off by himself for a while.
(184) John 12:20-36