Jesus seeks to draw all people to himself. In today’s story Andrew and Philip bring some Greek Gentiles to meet Jesus. The religious leaders note that this Jesus is drawing “the world” to himself. Their exclusivity is just the opposite of Jesus’ desire to bring all people together.
Jesus declares that the time of judgment is near and that the prince of peace will soon drive out the rulers of this world. As His death is drawing very near, He again states that it is why He came – to glorify God. Did the religious leaders see their role in these two things? Or were they like the disciples, only becoming fully aware after He had risen? Or were they so blind and jaded that they never got it?
Jesus, our Prince of Peace, came not to drive people apart but to unite them in love. He came to break down barriers between Jew and Gentile, between haves and have-nots, between religion and faith. Jesus came to forge a new community based on love, peace, and forgiveness.
Do we today, as His disciples, see our role in this plan? Do we, as His followers, walk where Jesus walked, inviting all into our fellowship? Do we, like our Prince of Peace, seek to remove all barriers to our community of faith, encouraging all to share in His love, peace, and forgiveness? May we too bring glory to our King!
Scripture reference: John 12: 27-33