One of the hallmarks of Jesus’ ministry is the way that he answers questions. His final days and hours are no exception to this pattern. In John 12:20-36, some Greek worshipers ask to see Jesus. When given their request, Jesus seems to ignore it completely. His response? “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” The crowd then challenges Jesus’ about who the “Son of Man” is.
I don’t pretend to understand every word of the gospel accounts. But here I think Jesus is saying to Andrew and Phillip and then to the crowd as well: ‘I have work to do. The work that God is doing in me. And those who want to see me? They will see me in what I am about to do.”
All of these words foreshadow Jesus’ answers later in the week when he is indicted and tried before the religious and then civil authorities. He does not answer now – he will not answer then.
Except he gives anew the invitation to follow him. To seek as he did to glorify the Father. To become children of the light as he is the light. It is not in answering our questions but in showing the way that Jesus gives what we need.