Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” (John 12:20-21, NIV)
The Greeks were not supposed to be there! They were “outsiders”, not the offspring of Abraham. They knew nothing of Moses or David; the prophets were simply well-written men to them. Why would they be interested in Jesus?
Philip is an interesting individual. When he was called out by Jesus, with the familiar words, “Follow me”, he did! Not only that, but he went to his friend, Nathanael, and told him about Jesus, inviting him to join up and follow Jesus, too (John 1:43-45). He must have been persuasive, too, for we see that Nathanael is among the twelve. Later, Philip is the disciple Jesus talks to about feeding the large crowd which had gathered in the wilderness (John 6:5f). Finally, Philip is the disciple who asks Jesus to “show us the Father and that will be enough…” (John 14:8).
So, the Greeks, the outsiders, come to the most approachable of Jesus’ followers, Philip, and ask him to introduce them to Jesus. Philip, then, takes them to Andrew, and together they bring them to Jesus. There is something to be said about “strength in numbers”.
Who are the “outsiders” in your acquaintance? What asking someone to introduce them to Jesus. They are afraid they will be made to feel unworthy, ineligible, maybe stupid for asking. What can we do to be more approachable? How can we live so people will be comfortable enough with us to ask us to introduce them to Jesus?qualifies them as “outsiders”? It is probably an issue of lifestyle, behavior, or upbringing. They may know that “most” Jesus’ followers consider them “outsiders”. Are they comfortable with you, comfortable enough to ask you to introduce them to Jesus?
Those who are “outsiders” are never completely comfortable asking someone to introduce them to Jesus. They are afraid they will be made to feel unworthy, ineligible, maybe stupid for asking. What can we do to be more approachable? How can we live so people will be comfortable enough with us to ask us to introduce them to Jesus?