“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“We Would See Jesus”
(Please read John 12:20-23)
The incident in our text leaves many questions unanswered. Why didn’t the Greeks come directly to Jesus? Were they Jews who lived in some of the Greek cities, or perhaps Greeks who were Jewish proselytes? Did Jesus grant them an audience? It appears that the request was made on the last Monday before Jesus’ death. One commentator suggests that when the request was brought to Jesus, he recognized the awakening interest of Gentiles as a sign that his death was imminent, leading him to say, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified” (NIV). But there are a number of indications that Jesus already knew his time was at hand.
A more interesting aspect of the Greeks’ request is that they wanted to see Jesus. If they meant that they wanted to talk with him and hear what he would tell them about his kingdom, they had a laudable purpose. A few days earlier Christ had met a man whose curiosity led him to climb a tree to get a look at the Lord. Zacchaeus was rewarded by having Jesus as a guest in his home and hearing him say, “Today salvation has come to this house” (Luke 19:9).
Missionaries often say that people in various lands are hungering to know about Christ. They “would see Jesus” if only someone would take the gospel to them. Perhaps someone in your neighborhood is also receptive if only you would mention Him. Let’s hope and pray that those having the gospel and those thirsting for it will be brought together in the coming year.