In John 12:20-24, Jesus has become so popular that even the Greeks are seeking him out. They ask Philip for an audience with the Master.

At this moment, Jesus, and those close to him, appear to be at the pinnacle of popularity. Imagine Philip’s enthusiasm as he tells Andrew the great news. The two go together to let Jesus know that “so-and-so” has requested an audience with Rabbi Jesus.

Rather than seizing upon his mushrooming popularity and assigning one of them to begin scheduling his appointments with dignitaries, notice what Jesus does.

He completely ignores the request.

Instead, he talks to the two of them about his impending sacrificial death. “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies…”

Neither the admiration nor the disdain of the crowds and his closest followers deters Jesus from his mission. Jesus does not simply take a stand. He is a stand.

-Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage