20 Some Greeks were among those who had come up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and made a request: “Sir, we want to see Jesus.” 22 Philip told Andrew, and Andrew and Philip told Jesus. 23 Jesus replied, “The time has come for the Human One to be glorified. 24 I assure you that unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it can only be a single seed. But if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Those who love their lives will lose them, and those who hate their lives in this world will keep them forever. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me. Wherever I am, there my servant will also be. My Father will honor whoever serves me. 27 “Now I am deeply troubled. What should I say? ‘Father, save me from this time’? No, for this is the reason I have come to this time. 28 Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd standing there heard and said, “It’s thunder.” Others said, “An angel spoke to him.” 30 Jesus replied, “This voice wasn’t for my benefit but for yours. 31 Now is the time for judgment of this world. Now this world’s ruler will be thrown out. 32 When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to me.” (33 He said this to show how he was going to die.) (John 12:20-33, CEB)
What would you say if someone told you there were some Greeks who want to see you?
“The time has come for the Human One to be glorified?”
Sometimes I wonder how the disciples learned anything really. Andrew and Philip tell Jesus some people want to see him and he starts into a dialog about what God is doing here and now.
Jesus came to show us that our ways are not God’s ways and sometimes things may not make sense, but we need to trust that God is working in and through everything for our good.
God loves us as we are and is always with us. So go into the world and through the chaos love them as God loves you. Completely and fully.
Love People, Love God.