Jesus was informed, as he approached Jerusalem, that some Greeks wanted to see him. Greeks. Not Jews.
A larger circle of the world, and another people wish to join in the witness.
The time has come, Jesus says, for those who love their life to lose it, and he reminds them how a single grain of wheat, if it dies, bears much fruit.
Jesus will not pray to be saved from death, instead he prays for the glory of God. And a response comes from heaven, which arrived as a promise: And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people unto myself.
The promise is not that our deaths will be individually reversed, but that we will become part of all people together. All people. The thief beside him. The soldiers around him. The enemy and the ally. Murderers and victims. The unforgiveable and the unforgiving. Arab Moslems, western Christians, Israeli Jews. And western Moslems, Arab Christians, Parisian Jews.
All who wish to see Jesus are welcomed to celebrate and serve. This is not an argument over right and wrong but the granting of a new way of life eternal in the One who is Life Itself.
…. Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee,
and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”
Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.
Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified…