John 12:16-25

In John 12:16-25 Jesus begins to come closer to making sure the world knows who He is.  He starts with His own disciples.  “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”. Slowly the scales were dropping from their eyes and they were beginning to see Jesus for who He was.  They had witnessed His miracles, but it was when they began to realize that He wasn’t just a miracle worker, but was a fulfillment to the prophecy of scripture that they began to see things more clearly.

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.”  The religious leaders have lost control.  People were telling their stories of what Jesus had done, give testimony to His miracles and power.  The leaders were beside themselves as Jesus was getting all the attention they wanted for themselves.

Some of the people wanting to see Jesus were from way out of town.  They had heard though, and wanted to see Him.  “There were some Greeks in town who had come up to worship at the Feast. They approached Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee: “Sir, we want to see Jesus. Can you help us?” These strangers find one of the twelve and ask for help in finding Jesus.  They want to see Him.  Philip didn’t know what to do, so he went to get another and together then asked Jesus.  “Philip went and told Andrew. Andrew and Philip together told Jesus. Jesus answered, “Time’s up. The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified”.

And Jesus says ‘yep, it’s time’.  The plan for His reveal was near.  He gives the example of what’s going on to those around Him.  “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal”.  Just as a seed will never become a plant unless it “dies” and is “buried” so the death and burial of Jesus is necessary to His glorification. Before there can be resurrection power and fruitfulness, there must be death.

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