A couple of days ago, I talked about how the High Priest had a prophecy that anticipated that God’s kingdom would extend to the Gentiles and that Jews and Gentiles would become one. Of course Caiaphas didn’t get the point.
But Jesus knew what He was going to do and how it would affect both Jew and Gentile, and after the fact, so did John:
Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. They came to Philip…with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” Philip in turn told Jesus.Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. John 12:20-23 NIV
All through his Gospel, John quotes Jesus saying that it’s not His “time,” not His time to die.
But as soon as the Greeks – Gentiles – show up to seek Jesus, it’s NOW Jesus’ hour. Gentiles can’t join the family until Jesus has died for their sins as well. I wondered why it seemed like Jesus never met with the Greeks. Maybe that’s why. Maybe He had to die first (I admit the ESV Study Bible helped with this point!).
The hour has come to fulfill Caiaphas’ prophecy that “Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.” John 11: 51b-52 NIV
Jesus Himself affirms that He will die for all men – Jew and Gentile:
“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” [Jesus] said this to show the kind of death he was going to die. vs. 32, 33
In this passage, Jesus also recounts several ways that both Jew and Gentile can have eternal life, be with Jesus, become children of the light, and avoid judgment. The Cross becomes ours when we:
- Hate our life in this world (vs. 25)
- Serve and follow Jesus (vs. 26)
- Walk in the light (vs. 35)
- Believe in the light (vs. 26)
- Believe in Jesus (vs. 44)
- Keep (obey or believe) Jesus’ words (vs. 47)
- Don’t reject Jesus (vs. 48)
Jesus died for us, yet He also died for His Father’s glory:
“Now my soul 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. Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” vs. 37-38
Today’s Readings: 1 Kings 13:1-14:31, Psalm 69:13-21, Proverbs 17:23-24, John 12:20-50. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).