As his reputation as a healer and teacher grew, first century philosophers began to ponder the secret behind Jesus’ success. Some Greeks approached Philip, one of Jesus’ disciple, hoping to arrange a meeting. After conferring with Jesus, he agreed to sit down over dinner to share his beliefs.
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit, John 12:24.
This meal takes place of the eve of Passion Week, beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with Jesus’ crucifixion. Subsequently, in the previous verse John 12:23, Jesus points to a time when he will lay die his life. This serves as an introduction to the philosophy of Jesus, you have to die to self before you can trily live.
He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life, John 12:25.
I wish I could have seen the looks on the faces of these philosophers. I’m sure there was some head scratching and strange looks. Yet, Jesus’ philosophy comes down to two elements: life and death. Those who want to stay in control never find the abundant life promised in John 10:10. Meanwhile, those who are willing give up their life on earth to serve God receive eternal blessings. This choice is not forced or manipulated. Rather, its up to you. Choose wisely.
by Jay Mankus