23 Then Jesus answered them saying: “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.”
The reply of Jesus may seem strange to us at first glance. Philip and Andrew had presumably introduced the Greeks to Jesus and the first thing that He says is to tell them that He was going to be glorified in that time.
Perhaps this was a response that neither the Greeks nor Philip and Andrew had anticipated.
There was another occasion when Jesus gave a response which was not expected. In Mark chapter 2 we read of the four friends who took the paralysed friend on a bed to Jesus. The first thing Jesus said was to tell the paralysed man that his sins were forgiven. This was not the response that they were looking for. They wanted to see Jesus heal their friend. Later Jesus did this also.
When the Greeks heard what Jesus said they may have wondered what He was talking about.
However, if we put it into context we may begin to understand what Jesus meant.
Jesus had just entered triumphantly into Jerusalem. In many senses this was a time when Jesus was glorified in the eyes of many people. As we know a large proportion of those greeting Jesus as He entered Jerusalem would have been pilgrims from all over the world. Some of whom were Jews and some who were Gentiles.