Scripture: John 12:20-26
Key verse: (26) “Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.”
Reflection: When I think of Jesus setting his face toward Jerusalem for the last time, I feel a deep sadness. Did he know what was to come? Did he hope for a different outcome? If Jesus was truly human and truly divine, he had to have struggled with the very real human fear of dying. Even dying for a cause. In this section of the Gospel of John, a group of Hellenic Greeks (non-Jews) arrive in Jerusalem and want to see Jesus. They had come to worship at the feast. So, they were most likely seekers, but John makes it clear they are non-Jewish. This is a preview of events to come when the church will have a mission to the Gentiles. After Jesus’ death and resurrection all people will eventually be included in salvation. This is reflected in Jesus’ words to his disciples, as well as, to the Greeks who are seeking him out when he said “whoever serves me must follow me. Where I am, there my servant will be.”
Jesus gave his life so that others might receive life. This Holy Week each of us is invited to make a renewed commitment to Jesus’ ministry. We remember his teachings about love and forgiveness. We remember his witness of compassion and care. We remember his passion for justice and righteousness. We remember his call on our lives to follow. During this season we confirm our desire to follow Jesus and renew our commitment to share his love with others – those who know him and those who do not. Confident that Jesus is with us, we move through this week giving thanks for the opportunity and privilege to follow our savior. As one poet has said:
He came with healing in his touch,
and was wounded for our sins.
He came with mercy in his voice,
and was mocked as one despised.
He came with peace in his heart,
and met with violence and death.
May we remember, in all humility, that Jesus came that we might follow him.
Prayer: Gracious God, we give thanks that your invitation is for all. Help us focus our hearts and minds on you that we might serve you with confidence knowing that when we follow you, you are there with us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].