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In John 12:20-22 some Greeks come up to Philip and ask him if they can see Jesus. The disciples pass along this request to Jesus in v22 and all the sudden in v23 he replies that the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified and then he continues seemingly to predict his death.

How is this reply connected to the request Jesus receives and why does Jesus all the sudden know that "the hour has come"? These men don't necessarily seem like they mean to harm him.

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The answer to this comes in v32: "And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself."

Tom Wright says "... if the Greeks want to see him, want to benefit fully from what he's been sent into the world to do, his proper response is to carry on and complete the work his father has given him."

Jesus' death and resurrection is the work that allows all people to come to him - presumably a theme that was brought to his mind when some Greeks turned up to see him at this late stage in his earthly ministry.

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