Read: John 12:20-36
Some Greeks came to worship at the feast and they asked to see Jesus. Philip and Andrew told Jesus. Jesus answered them by speaking in parables. He informed them the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. He was referring to his coming crucifixion. He used the example of a grain of wheat falling to the ground (his grave) and dying. If it dies, it produces much grain. Jesus used this metaphor for his death and grave.
Jesus says anyone serves me, let him follow me. If we serve him, his father will honor us. Jesus verbalized he was troubled about his coming death, but realized it was for his father’s glory. In verse 28, a voice came from heaven and the people heard it, but did not understand it.
Jesus says, and I, if I am lifted up (symbolizing his crucifixion on the cross) from the earth, his grave will draw all peoples to myself. Remember the grain of wheat being multiplied by dying in the ground. He tells them the Son of Man must be lifted up, meaning his crucifixion. They asked who is the son of Man ? Jesus replies, a little while longer the light is with you. He is the light. The Son of Man is the light. They still don’t understand. Then he says, while you have the light, believe in the light, that you become sons of light. After he spoke, he departed and was hidden from them. He had to get ready for his crucifixion.
During this Holy Week, as we reflect on the activities on the road to the cross, may we stay grateful, grateful that we are the sons of light by the sacrifice Jesus made for us. Amen.