January 24, 2013

January 24 – John 12:20-26

Our next view of Philip is found in today’s passage. Some Gentile people were in Jerusalem for the Passover feast and desired to meet and visit with Jesus. They approached Philip, asking him to set up a meeting. Why Philip? He is known in Scripture only by his Greek name. This could have made him the best contact in the minds of these Gentile seekers. If he was the logistical and administrative disciple, then he was the obvious one to approach.

Instead of bringing them to Jesus, Philip hesitated and brought the request to Andrew. Then the two brought the request to Jesus. Do we have here a moment of hesitation on Philip’s part? The response of Jesus assumes he offered these seekers the invitation to follow him as well.