This week we come to a watershed chapter in John's account of the life of Jesus. Up until now, the message from Jesus has been 'my hour has not yet come'. In this chapter, however, when the 'Greeks' come looking for him, Jesus says, 'The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified' (12:23). In this language we see how John paints a strong picture of the suffering and death of Jesus (a time of human weakness) as the time of his glorification! There Jesus will defeat the power of sin and death! Three key events prepare the way for Jesus to be in Jerusalem for what we know as the Passion Week. This chapter is once again full of emotion as we see Jesus as fully human and yet fully God!
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