For the final exam in my exegesis class we were told to creatively present the text we had exegeted in our last paper. My last paper was about John 12:20-36.
Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”
At the beginning of the passage some Greeks seek Jesus. His odd response is probably because he knows that he, like the seed, must die in order for them to be able to truly seek him. As I began to reflect on this I realized that this is just as true for me. I am able to meet with God in the quiet place and seek after him because of Jesus’ death on the cross. I decided that for my presentation that I would write a song. This song is a reflection on the passage as it applies to me. I had some help from my good friend Morgan as well. I hope you enjoy the song.
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Son of Light
In the morning when the sun awakes
I come to meet you in the quiet place
The darkness flees now at a rapid pace
You are here now as I seek your face
As a seed falls to the ground and dies
I have found you here all around
And I am alive
“Father, Father what shall I say?
You have called me here to walk your ways
My heart is heavy and I’m bleeding tears
But it’s for this reason that I am here
As I’m lifted up to the sky
I will draw all to my side
And you are glorified”
I will serve you all my days
I will follow you always
The light of the world is here
And you have called me a son