John 12.20-22 cont.
20 Now there were some Greeks amongst those going up so that they might worship in the feast.
21 These men then came to Philip, the one from Bethsaida in Galilee, and they asked him, saying: “Sir, we want to see Jesus.”.
22 Philip came to Andrew and told him; Andrew and Philip went to Jesus and told Him.
In the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke the occasion when Jesus threw out of the temple the money changers and those selling pigeons (doves) happened after Jesus had entered into Jerusalem, during the week before His crucifixion. This event took place in the court of the Gentiles within the Temple. It is suggested by J.H. Bernard (Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin 1902-1911) that the Greeks would only be allowed in this court and that they may have been in there at the same time, and saw Jesus display His awesome and majestic authority, against which no one could stand.
If this were the case, then it was perhaps this event that roused their curiosity for them to want to discover more about Jesus.
It is also suggested that the reason the Greeks sought out Philip is that his name is a Greek name (lover of horses). However, interesting as this may be it is all speculation since we do not know if the Greeks knew Philip’s name, or if they were within the temple of the Gentiles.
Philip took the Greeks to Andrew. We might presume that Philip did this for a couple of reasons.