What Jesus Did! 'The World Comes Knocking' — John 12:20-23

Sunday, August 26, 2018

There were some Greek people there too. These were some of the people that went to Jerusalem to worship at the Passover festival. These Greek people went to Philip. (Philip was from Bethsaida, in Galilee.) The Greek people said, "Sir, we want to meet Jesus." Philip went and told Andrew. Then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus said to them, "Now is the time for the Son of Man to receive his glory.
— John 12:20-23 NLT
Illustration of John 12:20-23 NLT — "Sir, we want to meet Jesus."

Key Thought

The enemies of Jesus proclaim it. The non-Jewish Greek seekers demonstrate it. Jesus has won. The world is looking for Jesus as Savior. The only thing Jesus' enemies can think of doing is to crucify him. That will make him a martyr and open the door to the world's greatest miracle and eternity's greatest turning point—Jesus' resurrection. Jesus has been saying all throughout the Gospel of John that his time has not yet come. With the Greek seekers approaching him and his enemies recognizing his victory, Jesus knows that his time has come. He will enter his glory by doing what the Father asks—faithfully offer his life as a sacrifice for sins by dying on the Cross. It will be a brutal and painful glory for Jesus, but it will guarantee glory for all who come to him.

Today's Prayer

Lord God Almighty, I confess that I am stunned when I realize the cost of your plan to save me. Thank you for this incredible gift placed so firmly in the world in which I live. I praise you and give you all glory for your plan, your sacrifice, and your grace shared with me in your gift of Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Corinthians 1:22-25
  • Romans 1:16
  • Colossians 1:25-27


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.