A breakthrough

Most of the time we react to people and situations but some of the time we”proact,” if that is a proper word. We decide without waiting for others. There is a passage in John’s gospel where, out of the blue, “some Greeks” ask to see Jesus.

It is a real example of kukwira gomo kupoterera because they approach Philip who then approaches Andrew and together they went to tell Jesus (John 12:22). They follow the “proper channels!” But the interesting thing is the initiative of the Greeks. Who were they and where did they get the idea?

We don’t know, but as Jesus reaches the end of his life suddenly we have some gentiles attracted to him. Jeremiah had foretold this when he said, “the days are coming when I will make a new covenant (with my people) … I will plant my law in their hearts … and they will know me, the least noless than the greatest” (Jeremiah 31:31).The searching comes from the people. It does not necessarily come from preachers and teachers, at least not at first.

There is a yearning in the human heart that cries out for something beyond itself, however that is described; fulfilment, relationship, love.

As we approach Easter2012 we can remember that most of the work has been done –“others have laboured, you have come in for the rewards” (John 4:38). Jesus himself fulfilled the labour of the Old Testament at great price, “with loud cries and silent tears” (Hebrews 5:7). All we have to do is to lay hold of the treasure that has been won. John’s gospel keeps describing people tentatively trying to do this. The first disciples ask, “here do you live?” Nicodemus comes looking for him and the woman at the well keeps asking questions.

But here is a breakthrough: gentiles come wanting to see him and soon “the whole world” (Mark 16:15) would hear the message. When a child is born he or she receives nourishment, care and love. To begin with it receives the whole time. But the mother is waiting for the child to look at her for the first time. That is a special moment. It is breakthrough when all the giving evokes a response. That is the “glory”that Jesus rejoices in at the moment of his passion.

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