Speaker: Lukus Counterman - John 12:20-36 is unique among the Gospels. The narrative describes a group of Greeks coming to celebrate Passover and they request an audience with Jesus. They want to “see” him. But when the disciples inquire about the potential interview, Christ does not appear to directly address the request. He begins to talk about how his “hour has come.” What does that mean? The hour has come for what? Jesus goes on to describe his death on the cross. Upon closer inspection, the discourse does concern the Greeks. If the Gentiles were ever going to truly “see” Jesus, then he needed to be crucified and glorified. Jesus’ death was necessary before the full-fledged Gentile mission could begin. And so, when Jesus speaks of “the hour” or “the time” he is introducing a major event in the redemptive history of mankind – namely, the cross. May the Lord teach us of his sacrifice, death, and glory this morning as we reflect on his crucifixion.