Why did the Greeks want to see Jesus?
The Greeks want to see Jesus. They go to some effort to make it happen. The disciples help.
It is my desire to see Jesus. That is the huge point of the holy week. It seems to me, I have missed the importance of this story about the Greeks request.
Now there were some Greeks among those who were going up to worship at the feast; these then came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and began to ask him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip came and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip came and told Jesus. And Jesus answered them, saying, “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. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. | John 12:20-26
Six days before Passover Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey with a massive crowd putting palm branches on the ground and hailing him as King of Israel. This sent the religious leaders over the edge. They were going to do something about Jesus. They would kill him. That would take care of it they reasoned. Little did they know.
Jesus is King (i.e., He is in control of God’s government and God’s world). The people recognized it. They shouted it out at the top of their lungs. The leaders wanted him dead. We know who got their way in the short run.
God has a plan. He uses if for His glory. He uses it for our redemption. Now that is some good news. No longer are we slaves to missing God’s goal for our lives. Jesus has set us free.
God had a plan to bring us to Him even though we miss His goal (sin) for our life. He still does. Jesus would die to reconcile the difference between our missing God’s goal and living out His plan.
- Jesus died for us.
- Jesus was resurrected.
- Jesus ascended into heaven where He is now King (in charge of God’s government).
The next day the huge crowd that had arrived for the Feast heard that Jesus was entering Jerusalem. They broke off palm branches and went out to meet him. And they cheered: Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in God’s name! Yes! The King of Israel!
Jesus got a young donkey and rode it, just as the Scripture has it: No fear, Daughter Zion: See how your king comes, riding a donkey’s colt.
The disciples didn’t notice the fulfillment of many Scriptures at the time, but after Jesus was glorified, they remembered that what was written about him matched what was done to him.
The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, was there giving eyewitness accounts. It was because they had spread the word of this latest God-sign that the crowd swelled to a welcoming parade. The Pharisees took one look and threw up their hands: “It’s out of control. The world’s in a stampede after him.” | via John 12:12-19 (The Message Bible)
If you would like to donate to CTCI please click here.
Check our upcoming ministry programs for young adults and families. Please click here.
God’s goal for us is to be redeemed into a right relationship with our Father.
We have missed God’s goal. Jesus died to pay that price for us. He is resurrected to prove the power of God through that redemption.
What was the end in His mind?
Not the sorrow or the crucifixion. It was the glorification. He knew what He had to go through crucifixion to get to the glorification and for the sheer joy of it, he endured.
And so, we benefit from God’s new plan. We have gone through it with Him.
Jesus replied, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Those who love their life will lose it, while those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. ‘Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. | John 12:23-27