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.) 34 The crowd responded, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Human One must be lifted up? Who is this Human One?” 35 Jesus replied, “The light is with you for only a little while. Walk while you have the light so that darkness doesn’t overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness don’t know where they are going. 36 As long as you have the light, believe in the light so that you might become people whose lives are determined by the light.” After Jesus said these things, he went away and hid from them. (John 12:20-36, CEB)
Have you ever asked a question and expected an easy answer but got a long drawn out explanation that really didn’t even get close to be an answer for your question? It seems like Jesus, and especially in the Gospel of John is one to not give an answer to the question or statement and to go off on a tangent. But is it really a tangent?
Here Jesus is told some Greeks would like to see him, and Jesus goes into a working through what will happen to him, how he will die, and why he came to be here with us on earth. Jesus talks about being lifted up, and when that happens everyone will be drawn to him, and everyone will see him. You see Jesus did answer Philip and Andrew by his tangent. He said all people will be drawn to him and thus the Greeks will see him.
And we will also show Jesus forth to the world by sharing the love we have with everyone we see.
Go into the world and love as Jesus loved you and show them all Jesus.
Love People, Love God.