The hour has come
John 12: 19-23 “So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!” 20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus. 23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.”
We have already read a few times that the time for the reason of Jesus coming was not yet. This is the moment and it took some curious Gentiles to confirm to Jesus that this was it. “The hour has come.”
- The hour has come for the old wineskin to lose its control, v19.
The Pharisees are dismissive, their words are full of contempt and they have lost control. Self-righteousness has fully come to the surface. What was hidden is now in the light. The motives and agendas for promotion and advancement have been exposed behind the rules of religion.
Let go of control.
- The world wants to see Jesus, v20-21.
These Greeks who probably attended their home town synagogues were pilgrims in the city but were not permitted access to the whole Temple. They would have their own court of the Gentiles and a dividing wall separated them from the Jewish area of the Temple. They came to Philip who along with Andrew was from Bethsaida. John puts that in as a reminder, maybe to indicate the Greeks came from that area also or to show us that Philip spoke their Greek language and that’s why they went to him. Bethsaida was where Jesus healed a blind man and also performed the miracle of feeding the 5,000. Who do they want to see?
They don’t ask to see the High Priest or the religious leaders to discuss religion. They don’t ask to see the rest of the Temple. They didn’t even ask to see Philip. They wanted to see Jesus.
Let go of narcissistic, inflated self-importance.
- It is time for glory, v23.
This is the moment for Jesus. The sign that will take him forward. He will go on to speak of being lifted up and that is how he will be glorified. He will again tell his disciples to follow him, to lay their life down too. This is it. The crux of the matter. The Gentiles and the Jews, the world, will see Jesus on the cross, dying and glorified. That is where the body of Christ is. That is where God still wants the Church to be. For the world to see Jesus then the Church needs to stop chasing the glory and be glorified on the cross of surrender.
Let go of chasing glory and be glorified.
The hour has come