I think Jesus is saying:
“If you want to see me, follow me,
walk the path I walk, live for others just as I do,
live by the values God has put on our hearts, the way I have.”
And Jesus anticipates the way his path might lead him;
His heart is troubled by it, but he is committed
to this path of service, of living for others,
of walking closely, very closely, with God,
of having God’s love on his hearts.
He doesn’t ask that he be saved from this way,
he affirms that this is the very purpose of living;
this is what brings glory to God,
that is, this is what it means to be human,
as God created us, and intended us to be.
John 12: 20-33 (NRSV)
Some Greeks Wish to See Jesus
20 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ 22Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23Jesus answered them, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Very 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. 25Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.
Jesus Speaks about His Death
27 ‘Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—“Father, save me from this hour”? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. 28Father, glorify your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ 29The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, ‘An angel has spoken to him.’ 30Jesus answered, ‘This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. 31Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. 32And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people* to myself.’ 33He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.
God, source of all that is,
you beckon the whole universe into being:
open our hearts to your call to life in its fullness.
God, our Way, our Truth, our Life,
you beckon disciples to follow the Christ:
open our hearts to step into your costly journey.
God, our companion and counsellor,
you beckon us to new ways of looking at the world:
open our hearts to hear where you lead us to travel.
Open our hearts O God,
to all that is about you and your life. Amen