"Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.
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. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates 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. Father, glorify your name!”
Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.""
Reflection from Cheryl Burke & Steve Blondell:
I can’t say that I (we) have any personal experiences that relate to the passages from John 12:20-28. I do, however, have some reflections on this.
As a Christ follower, we are given eternal life through the Father. Those who understand this concept know, there is a better life waiting in heaven. For those who are non-believers, when their heart stops beating, their life ends right there. Nothing after, no sharing of the spirit in Heaven, no being reunited with your dog on the other side of the rainbow. Just a dark hole in the ground and a whole lot of nothing (single grain concept).
Jesus knew his time on earth was limited and he understood and accepted the role that he played in glorifying our Father. Jesus was blending into the Passover crowd without a following when the seekers asked to meet him. He explained to his Apostles – by dying, I’m saving all that follow me (grain bearing fruit). Jesus knew he had fulfilled God’s expectations and with God’s omnipresence in Jesus, He predicted His own death.
Jesus’ parable of “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” is a concept that we all as Christians carry with us today – as was intended. When you invite a friend to church, pray with a friend, for a friend or even an enemy, are you not glorifying our Father or bearing the fruit that Jesus speaks of?
Heavenly Father, help us to continue to share your name and to bring others to life in Jesus. Help us to lead a life that is pleasing to God. We thank you for sending your only Son so that we could be granted eternal life in Jesus. Father please continue to watch over our friends and family during Lent, comfort those who are ill and watch over our children. Please help us to bring those who are non-followers to a life in Christ.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.