John 12:20-26 – Here in John 12, against the backdrop of this historical drama which has played out over time, the anticipation of the Messiah ought to be palpable. There ought to be a buzz in the air. Jesus Christ, the seed of the woman foretold from the beginning of history is here. He has come to God’s people. He is the lamb of God who has come to take away the sin of the world. However, the consistent testimony of this Gospel thus far has been one of rejection by the very people who ought to have recognized him. In this text, though, John declares that the hour of Jesus has come. It is time for his glory to shift from anticipated to experienced. How does John describe this coming glory? What effect should it have on us?
20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. 21 So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 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. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. (ESV)