How many wonderful things have you done in life? What is it that you are most recognized for? What is it that has caused you the most recognition, fame or glory? What is the best way to be exalted, recognized or glorified? No one would think that it is a cross. For the Romans, the cross was an instrument of punishment and humiliation, but when Jesus gave his life for us on a cross, the cross became a place of glorification and expression of maximum love.
The short life of Jesus was so significant that a group of Greeks started looking for him and asked the apostle Philip if they wanted to see Jesus. Philip seeks help from Andrew, perhaps because Jesus himself had already told them that He came only for the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Jesus’ response is that the “hour” has come. Jesus is not speaking about an hour of 60 minutes, nor is it the hour of defeat. Jesus is speaking the time to fulfill the plan prepared by the Father for the salvation of humanity.
The Greeks do not indicate the reason why you want to see Jesus, but Jesus three paradoxes of what it means to see and follow Jesus:
- “unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit”.
- “He who loves his life will lose it. He who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life”.
- “If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him”
In short, Jesus calls us to see him, follow him and be willing to die for love.
The “hour” means the end of the prince of this world and the rise of Christ on the cross that will draw all people to himself.
“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself”