Now some Greeks were among those who went up to worship at the festival. So they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and requested of him, “Sir, we want to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus replied to them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” I assure you: Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains by itself. But if it dies, it produces a large crop. The one who loves his life will lose it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me. Where I am, there My servant also will be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. “Now My soul is troubled. What should I say-Father, save Me from this hour? But that is why I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name!” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again!” The crowd standing there heard it and said it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him!” Jesus responded, “This voice came, not for Me, but for you. Now is the judgment of this world. Now the ruler of this world will be cast out. As for Me, if I am lifted up from the earth I will draw all [people] to Myself.” He said this to signify what kind of death He was about to die. Then the crowd replied to Him, “We have heard from the law that the Messiah will remain forever. So how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?” Jesus answered, “The light will be with you only a little longer. Walk while you have the light so that darkness doesn’t overtake you. The one who walks in darkness doesn’t know where he’s going. While you have the light, believe in the light so that you may become sons of light.” Jesus said this, then went away and hid from them.
My Holy Week readings today ended with the passage above. Jesus knew what was about to happen. “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” He explained to his followers what was going to take place, but I don’t think they really understood it. They were still expecting an earthly king. The twelve had spent three years with Jesus, yet they still did not fully know who He really was. I wonder if you and I would have been the same. Aren’t we often that way now? Many of us made a decision years ago to follow Christ, and have done just that. Yet, there are times when we just don’t get it. We are so focused on ourselves and what we want that we fail to see who He is and why He came. The disciples were expecting the Messiah to come, over-throw the government, and establish an earthly kingdom. We expect Jesus to come, solve our problems, and give us what we ask for. In both cases we have failed to see the big picture and grasp the awesomeness of God’s power.
The last part of today’s Scripture where Jesus talks about walking in the light reminds me of the Casting Crowns song, While You Were Sleeping. The second verse goes like this.
Oh little town of Jerusalem
Looks like another silent night
The Father gave His only Son
The Way, the Truth, the Life had come
But there was no room for Him in the world He came to save
Jerusalem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
The Savior of the world is dying on your cross today
Jerusalem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping
Just like those who walk in darkness don’t know where they are going, those asleep can’t see what’s happening. The greatest moment in history is about to occur right under their noses in Jerusalem, but the people are blind to it. How about us? Are we walking around in the dark or sleeping, unaware of what God is about to do? During this Holy Week take time to open your eyes and wake up to see what Jesus Christ is doing in your life. You just might witness something great!