John 12:20-24 ( posted 10-8-13 )

And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:

The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.

Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.

And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

 

Let's continue.

 

And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: “

 

It is believed that these were Gentile converts to the Jewish religion.

 

“  Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;)

That they may fear thee all the days that they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.

Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name's sake;

(For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, and of thy stretched out arm;) when he shall come and pray toward this house;

Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name. 1 Kings 8:39-43

 

Gentiles were only allowed in the outer court area and could not eat of the passover unless they were converted.

But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. Revelation 11:2

And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.  Exodus 12:48

 

 

 

The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. 

 

Philip was one of the 12 disciples.

 

Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;

Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;

Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.   Matthew 10:2-4

 

 

 

Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.

 

Andrew was also one of the 12 disciples, brother of Peter. Andrew was also at one time a disciple of John the Baptist.

 

One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.

He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.   John 1:40-41

 

 

 

And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

 

Jesus' glorification is in regard to His death and resurrection and what is produced from Him going through with this.

The Greek word “ kokkos “ translated corn means a kernel of seed, corn, grain.

Jesus is comparing His death and resurrection to the miraculous process of a seed.

Jesus said without a seed being planted in soil and die, it remains alone.

But if it dies, it will produce fruit and multiply.

This is a fact of nature concerning seeds and the planting process that human beings cannot explain but nevertheless it works.

Only God, who created the process knows how it works.

Jesus is telling us that as a result of His death and resurrection, fruit and eternal life will be produced in those of us who choose to believe in Him.

Notice carefully how Jesus worded it about a seed not dying;

Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone:

 

This is interesting.

Jesus knew if He did not go through with His death and resurrection, He would not have any of us in Heaven with Him.

Jesus created us for His pleasure and wants to get as many of us as He can into Heaven to be with Him;

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. “    Revelation 4:11

 

 

I will continue with verse 25 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown