Lent Reading: John 12:20-33
If someone wanted to know more about faith in Jesus, would they know to ask you? In the week prior to Jesus’ death, some Greeks wanted to see Jesus. It seems these Greeks respected they were outsiders from the people of Israel, and therefore did not have unfettered access to Jesus. John records they asked Philip, who went to Andrew, and together they brought the request to Jesus. Why Philip? Maybe it was a case of the right place at the right time. Could it have been that ‘Philip’ had a link to the Greek community? He had a Greek name, and some postulate may have spoken Greek. He was also from out of town from a place called Galilee. Galilee had a greater influence and engagement with other cultures, compared to Jerusalem as the religious centre. Could it be these Greeks made their approach with Philip as he was the most likely to help them see Jesus?
Might you be like Philip? Someone who through their unique connections offers people opportunity to see Jesus. It is wonderful Jesus wanted to see these Greeks. In fact, as Jesus goes on to explain, his death will open a way for all people, not just Israel, to be drawn to him. The Greeks simply needed to know someone who could make the introduction. The people you live life with probably need to know, you can do the same.