Essay on Christian Belief System

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Christian Belief System (known as Holy week), John 12:20-26 offers the reader a cohesive argument to the wider purpose of the fourth Gospel. John 12:20-26 also offers the reader an interesting passage to interpret, both for the content itself and within the wider context of the book's purpose in general. Occurring on the third day (Tuesday) of Holy week this passage seems to occur as a theological centre to the events of that day. As far as the NIV is concerned, the day's events seem to transpire thusly: Jesus teaches the lesson of the “fig tree” withering up overnight and the power of prayer “moving mountains” He enters the Temple and teaches extensively: on the “Two sons and the Vineyard”; on the “Marriage Feast”; on…show more content…
Look, the world has gone after him.”' To pick up on the words of the Pharisees in verse 19: “ whole world has run off after him.” I believe the mention of the “Greeks” here is the inclusion of the last segment of mankind represented in this chapter: the intimate friends of our Lord, those pilgrims who came from afar to Jerusalem for Passover, and those who opposed Jesus (chief priests, scribes, Pharisees). The Greeks here offer a contrast to (or a combination of) the groups we have already encountered, those who know Jesus and have an opinion on his ministry, and those who arguably have no reason to know of him. The Greeks who request to see Jesus not only represent ‘the whole world’…, but they stand in contrast to the Pharisees who are exasperated by Jesus’ growing influence. There has been considerable discussion among the scholars as to just who these “Greeks” are. I am going to avoid any lengthy discussion of the issues involved and simply state my conclusion that it refers to those Gentiles (as elsewhere in the New Testament, the term refers to Gentiles who come from any part of the Greek-speaking world,) who have come to worship in Jerusalem as it appears to be more conducive to my argument. These Greeks do not merely wish to look at (i.e. “see”) Jesus; they wish to speak with Him, they arguably have only just heard of the man, but they are interested
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