‘“Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”’ (2:4)
‘Therefore Jesus told them, “The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right.”’ (7:6)
‘At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come.’ (7:30)
‘He spoke these words while teaching in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.’ (8:20)
We have seen through this gospel that Jesus is not aimless, like a hapless passenger on a rollercoaster; he is driving towards an appointed time. Today we see that the time is now very close;
‘Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.”’
“Now my heart is troubled,” Jesus was fully aware of what lay ahead for him and that it would involve enormous personal cost. He would cry out “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” itself a quote from Psalm 22. He was aware but he was also resolved to see it through and bring glory to the Father;
“Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” (12:27-28)
Knowing the horror of what was ahead; that he would die (12:24), and that he would be crucified (12:32-33), he willingly went to the cross.
If he knew the horror of what lay ahead he also knew the glory. He knew that through his death he would be glorified (12:23), the Father would be glorified (12:28), Satan would be defeated (12:31), that his death would draw all people to him (12:32) and that those who follow him will spend eternity with him (12:26).
We are only scratching the surface of all that’s here but there is a big lose end. What happened to the Greeks who asked to see Jesus? The question is not answered directly but Jesus responds to the request by talking about being glorified (through the cross) and drawing all people to himself. His purpose was far bigger than anyone could imagine; the good news of Jesus was going to be preached to all nations (Matthew 28:19), even to the Greeks and any other nation on the planet. Peter and Paul would later quote Joel 2:32; ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ (Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13). We know that those who genuinely seek the Lord will find him (Jeremiah 29:13).
‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.’ (Galatians 3:28)
‘God so loved, that he gave his son
To lay down his life for the sake of us.
He bore the weight of our sin and shame
With a cry he said, It is finished.
Christ the Lord overcame the darkness
He’s alive: death has been defeated
For He made us a way by which we have been saved
He’s the Saviour of the world
So we lift up a shout for his fame and renown
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord Jesus, Saviour of the world.’