Did They or Didn't They?
Now among those who went up to worship at the festival
were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee,
and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip
went and told Jesus.
Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for
the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless
a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just
a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who
love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this
world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow
me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves
me, the Father will honor." [...]
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Andrew knows to pass the request on to Jesus himself.
Either because he knows that Jesus won't turn anyone away or,
at least, that it is not the disciples' decision to make. The
message that followed was a radical re-definition of what being
messiah meant. It was not about a worldly kingdom, but a spiritual
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