There was a specific group of Greeks going to the Passover festival, and John chose to share this nugget with us. These Greeks had heard about Jesus and having no clue how to get near Him and find him,, they went to Philip and asked for help, for an introduction, for an audience. Sir, we wish to see Jesus. Philip passed it up the chain to Andrew and together they told Jesus. Jesus was already surrounded by a multitude of people. Had Jesus been waiting for this contingent to be among the crowd? Rather than any direct answer, John goes right into informing us of a response that does not seem to be a response to the surface question. We want to see Jesus. Jesus then speaks clearly to the crowd about who He is and whom He is glorifying and how He will glorify the Father. He says this deliberately for all to hear, including the Greeks. This is what they saw:
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it; and he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal. 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. Now, My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say to this hour? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Thy name.” There came therefore a voice out of heaven; “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
These men were seeking. They had traveled far. Time was over for introductions and questions and answers. It was time to see. Now begins His passionate display of love, mercy and forgiveness. Jesus is to be glorified. It glorified the Father when Jesus obeyed unto death and submitted so completely. To allow His life to be spent like a seed, planted, broken, then sprouting to new life-bearing, fruit-bearing hope, this is what came with booming approval in a “voice out of heaven“.
What shall I do with my life?
- Shall I keep it to myself not thinking it is for eternity?
- Or shall I choose to surrender it to my Creator, to my Savior and spend it in the gritty earth with His loving, living ways often filled with brokenness, grief, sorrow and forgiveness; to sprout eternal life in the soil of my heart, thus glorifying Him?
- I am saying I prefer eternal life to temporary life. Choose life. Deuteronomy 30:19 L’Chaim!