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Midweek Devotionals

Published weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.

Midweek Devotional 9/14/2016

Robert Chen

Dear Church:


John 12:20-26

20Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." 22Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

We don't know why some Greeks sought out Jesus' disciples. These "Greeks" were most likely God-fearing Gentiles from some part of the Greek-speaking world, and not necessarily Greek. Perhaps these Gentiles were taken up by the popularity of Jesus at the time and were curious. Maybe that's why Jesus answered the way he did, telling them that following him is not like what they would expect. The supposed popularity was superficial. If they want to really associate with Jesus, even follow Jesus, then it's going to be a bit difficult. Were they willing to die? If so, then following Jesus will make sense. If not, then they should consider following someone else or some other popular thing. 


Dying, in order to live, will start with Jesus himself. This will be the pattern. The importance isn't in the dying. The important thing is what comes out of this dying: bearing fruit and eternal life. There's a purpose to the dying -- LIFE! 


I wonder if any of Greeks stuck around. 


Maybe. We just don't know.


Let's pray: Lord Jesus, help us to follow you. Help us to to lay aside all that hinders us from following you. Life and death sound dramatic. Help us to die to the little things in our lives that distract us from living as your disciples. Help us, we pray. In your name, amen.