“But I, when I am lifted up from the earth I will draw all men to myself.”
Some Greek-speaking Jews come to Philip with a request to see Jesus. He takes Andrew with him to see Jesus.
Jesus replies that the hour for His glorification is coming. A seed of wheat must fall to the ground and die in order to reproduce. A man must die to his own life in order to live.
Jesus says His hour is come and despite His troubled heart, He must continue. He cries out, “Father glorify your name.” A voice from heaven says “I have glorified it, and I will again.”
Some hear the voice while others think it is an angel or thunder.
Jesus then says the world is about to be judged, and satan driven out. Jesus will be lifted up from the earth and will draw all men to Himself.
Jesus’ death is the death of a seed that multiplies. He is the one who is lifted up and draws all people to Himself. He lays down His life in order to save His own eternal life and to save our lives too.
The Greeks asked to see Jesus the teacher. But when we see Jesus, we see Him lifted up on the cross, His sacrifice bringing billions of people to salvation.
This is the glorious message of Easter- the God of all creation lays down His life to redeem His creation.
If you want to see Jesus in all His glory, look to the cross. Yes the broken, battered Jesus is glorified in His costly suffering.
Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me a sinner. Thank you for the cross for paying the price of my sin. Amen.