Redefining My Dream John 12:20-26
What Does the Passage Say?
V. 20-21 ‘Some Greeks’ came to the disciples, wishing to meet Jesus.
V. 22-26 Jesus’ answer is somewhat mindboggling. Instead of answering directly, not even indicating if he had met with the Greek, he talks about how sacrifice is required.
What Does the passage Mean to Me/US?
In the time of Jesus, meeting Gentiles (non-Jewish people) was an act to be condemned.
These Greeks, however, wanted to see if Jesus would meet with them. The Bible doesn’t indicate if Jesus met with them.
Although, we need to understand what Jesus meant in his answer.
When God first called Abraham, in Genesis 12:1-3, God says how Abraham’s call will be a blessing to ‘All Nations.’
The Jewish culture, however, was limited only to the Jews, observed the Jewish law.
Jesus constantly says that he came to complete the law, not abolish it.
To complete the law, it required his sacrifice on the cross. Jesus, as a Pascal Lamb, becomes the ultimate sacrifice to fulfill the covenant.
And Jesus calls us to follow him. Only when we follow the sacrificial love of Jesus, we will see God’s plan become fulfilled.
“25 Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.”
Lord, thank you for your love and sacrifice. Help us to follow your ways, to become a blessing to this dark world. In Christ Name, we pray, AMEN.
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