March 23, 2013

Today is my second favorite day of the “Relevant Bible Reading Guide.” My favorite day is Christmas Eve when we read Luke 1.

I looked at the chapters and remembered Holy Week begins tomorrow. I found a correlation between the people attending these two events in the commentary on today’s verse.

John 12:21, “These came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and they made this request, Sir we desire to see Jesus.”

Greeks – Not Grecian Jews, but Greek proselytes to the Jewish faith, who were wont to attend the annual festivals, particularly this primary one, the Passover. “Saying, We would see Jesus” – Perhaps he was then in that part of the temple court to which Gentile proselytes had no access. ‘These men from the west represent, at the end of Christ’s life, what the wise men from the east represented at its beginning; but those come to the cross of the King, even as these to His manger.’ [Stier]…Yet a little moment, and they shall see Him so as now they dream not of. The middle wall of partition that keeps them out of the commonwealth of Israel is on the eve of breaking down, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, shall draw all men unto Me;” I see them “flying as a cloud, and as doves to their cots” – a glorious event that will be for the son of Man, by which this is to be brought about.”

Jesus reaches out to all men; from the most eastern man to the most western man. Calling all cowboys! Come see Jesus at church!