John’s Gospel tells us, “Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast. Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” So Phillip tells Andrew and they go and tell Jesus.

The next thing we read is not about them sitting for coffee and having a nice chat, but it’s a narrative about Jesus talking about a grain of wheat falling to the ground and dying. At first, I thought this to be a rather strange answer at best, or at worst a complete avoidance of the request of these Greek gentleman. These men (Gentiles) were after all proselytes to Judaism because they had come to Jerusalem to worship. It tells me that they were seekers and upon hearing about “this Jesus character”, they wanted to meet Him.

I think the answer Jesus gave shoots more toward the heart than I first gave it credit for. In the story of the grain of wheat the Lord is referring to His own death, burial and resurrection, and the harvest to follow. The message to these Greeks and others who choose to seek and follow, is perhaps first look to the cross. The message of the cross to we who believe is “the power of God!” Do you want to see Jesus, then see God’s suffering servant first. Humility opens the door.

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