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The Hour Is Come
John 12.20-26
John 12:20-26

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

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.

He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it
unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also
my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.  (KJV)
The Greeks Came

Among those who came to worship were Greeks, members of the Gentile
division of the race which embraced all that were not Jews. These were not
Jews who spoke the Grecian language and lived in Greek countries; those are
called in the original Greek Hellenistoi. We find the latter in the Jerusalem
church in large numbers. See Ac 6:1. These who sought to visit Jesus were
Hellenes, a term only used of the Greek race. It is probable that they belonged
to the large class of "devout Greeks," met elsewhere by Paul [Ac 17:4], who
were sick of heathenism and were attracted by the grand Hebrew revelation of
the unity of God. On this great national occasion they had accompanied Jews
settled abroad as they returned to worship in the city of David.

        B.W. Johnson,
The People’s New Testament with Notes

The language indicates that they were Greek converts to Judaism, such as
were called proselytes of the gate. It is also noted that as Gentiles came from
the east at the beginning of Jesus' life, so they also came from the west at the
close of his ministry.

        J.W. McGarvey,
The Fourfold Gospel

Philip and Andrew

The apprehension of the disciples to introduce Gentiles, even proselyted Gentiles,
to Jesus is apparent in this passage.

The Hour is Come

When Jesus turned the water to wine, He said, My time is not yet come. Now He
says, The hour is come. The time has come for the ultimate fulfillment of prophecy –
for His crucifixion, the reason He came into the world.

Verily, Verily

Jesus’ disciples did not understand what was to happen. Even after His death, burial
and resurrection, they still did not understand until He opened their eyes. His
pleading here, Verily, Verily – truly, truly – Amen, Amen – still did not register with

He used an horticulture illustration that they should have understood. A grain of
weed, a seed, cannot grow until it is planted in the ground and dies. Then it is able
to germinate into the plant which will bear the harvest. This truth they should

In the same manner, in order to obtain the desired result Jesus must die, and be
buried. Then, and only then, could the harvest generate to the salvation of souls.

(Matthew 16:21-27) From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his
disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the
elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the
third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from
thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get
thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not
the things that be of God, but those that be of men. Then said Jesus unto his
disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his
cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and
whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited,
if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man
give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his
Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his
works.  (KJV)

(Luke 24:44-49) And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake
unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were
written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning
me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the
scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to
suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and
remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning
at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the
promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye
be endued with power from on high.  (KJV)

Follow Me

Consequently, it would also be true that it is not in the preservation of life, but in the
preservation of truth that men’s souls would thrive. If they sought to save merely
their physical life, they would lose their souls. If they were willing to lose their physical
life, they would gain their souls.

There are some things that are more important than life itself. God’s truth is one of

Which is more important to you? Your life? Or your soul? Your life? Or the truth of
God’s word?

It is shown not by only by your words, but by your actions. It is not merely saying that
you believe in Jesus, and you believe in His word – it is putting those words into
action and following Him.

This is Christ's direct answer to the Greeks. His service is to be rendered, not
by secret interviews, but by obeying him, for so the word "follow" is to be

        B.W. Johnson,
The People’s New Testament with Notes

Jesus here recommends to his disciples that they follow him in fruit-bearing
self-sacrifice, promising them the joy of being with him and the honor of the
Father. The joy of being with Christ is the chief expectation of the Christian
(2Co 5:8; Php 1:23; Re 21:3; 22:20).

        J.W. McGarvey,
The Fourfold Gospel

(John 10:24-28) Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How
long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.  Jesus
answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my
Father's name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not
of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and
they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  (KJV)