Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus. 23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. 27 “Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name !”Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
New Life Christian Fellowship – Concord
Observation: I see that the coming of the Greeks sparked a graphic reminder of the purpose and the nearness of the pain of the cross. I see You Jesus, reflect and “troubled.” I see You instinctively and at least momentarily shrinking back from the prospect of dying. I see you emerge from reflection with a plan. It is plan of surrendered courage and trust, the truest meaning of faith, as You commit to cooperating with the glorious purpose of Your Father. Perhaps my favorite part is when I see the voice of the Father affirming Your plan of faith.
Action: Father, I know today something will spark a note of anxiety as an invitation or challenge that is to come, causing me to instinctively draw away from laying down my life in cooperation with what You want to do. This day, I commit to trusting that You love me and Your plan will lead to greater life even though I must give myself to a cross. I will collaborate with You today – be it something big or small – and I will listen for Your voice of affirmation to build my faith after I take the step of obedience.