Now there were some Greeks among those who were going up to worship at the feast.
They came to Philip, and began to ask him for an opportunity: “Sir, we desire to experience Jesus.”
Philip came and told Andrew;
Andrew and Philip came and told Jesus.
This is how Jesus answered them: The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
(It is significant that Jesus chose to remind us in this moment that He is human. Son of Man, being glorified, the firstborn of many brothers, the sons of God.)
Believe me, for this is absolutely true:
unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone;
but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
He who loves his life destroys it,
and he who hates his life will guard it for eternal life.
If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me;
and where I am, there My servant will be also;
if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
Now My soul has become troubled; should I say, ‘Father, save Me from this’?
I might want to, but I came for this, at this exact time! So I will say instead with all of my heart: ‘Father, glorify Your name!’
Then a voice came out of heaven: I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.
(The son’s right position on the earth connected heaven to himself so vibrantly that the Father punctuated his every word), responding audibly such that people thought they were hearing thunder, or maybe angels.
And Jesus said, Those words did not come for Me, but for you.
(a commentary/paraphrase of John 12:20-30)