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 honour him.
The Seemingly Dead
The seemingly dead seed falls into the ground and out of it life sprouts. The seemingly dead Jesus is laid in the ground and out of him life sprouts. The seemingly alive party on Halloween but death sprouts.
Today many will dance in deathly costumes and make light of horror and gore. They will mock the death that awaits them, yet still it awaits. Awaken their hearts to the reality of death and the one who died so that death would lose its sting.
- Why are we told the audience is Greek?
- What does Jesus want this audience to know?
- What does death achieve?
- How does Jesus ask you to serve him?
- How are we to live in the light of Jesus’ death and our own?