Summary: Some people came to see Him and the interview is recorded for us in John 12:20-33. These people came because they wanted to meet Jesus and find out if all the rumors were true.

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JOHN 12:20-33

INTRODUCTION... Adapted from "Interviewing" by Dan Gillmor (

I would like you to imagine that you are a journalist about to interview someone of great importance. Perhaps it is the President of the United States or another diplomat. Perhaps your interview is more local and it is a State Representative or the mayor. Your interview might be of a local teacher or coach. Whoever this person is, they are important and you want to meet them and have an interview because you want to know more about who they are and what they find important. More importantly, you have readers that are dying to read about them. How should you approach the interview? What types of questions should you ask?

I did some checking and a little research and there are several steps or tips that you can go through to have a good interview:* First, you should prepare for your interview. You should keep in mind that the person or people you are interviewing don’t have unlimited time. If you have not done some basic homework, you will be wasting their time, and they won’t appreciate it.

* Second, you should look around. You can learn a lot about someone based on the surroundings, especially if you’re in a home or office.

* Third, one of the suggestions was to not go into the interview with an attitude. Most interviews are not the kind of confrontations that we’ve come to associate with journalism due to the ambush-camera techniques of some TV broadcasts. The vast, vast majority are all about something simple: You want to learn more about a subject or person, or both, and the person you’re interviewing wants to help.

* Fourth, and perhaps the most obvious suggestion was to listen to the answers. Sometimes an interview can become derailed if one of the people involved is not listening and following up.

* Finally, one author stated that he liked to ask two questions at the end of the formal interview: "Who else should I speak to about this topic?" and "What have I not asked you that I should have asked you?" The first question helps you find other people who may be helpful but who may not have been on your list. The second often, but not always, brings out a point or two that will improve your article.

Why in the world do I talk to you about interviews and such today? I would like to share a passage today in which it seems like to me that Jesus was in an interview situation. Some people came to see Him and the interview is recorded for us in John 12:20-33. These people came because they wanted to meet Jesus and find out if all the rumors were true. These people came because they wanted to know more about Jesus. These people came to seek Jesus out, ask Him questions, and take back answers to the people that had sent them... sounds like an interview to me!

READ JOHN 12:20-33


One of the first things we see is that these Greeks had prepared themselves to meet Jesus. How do we know this? Well, verse 20 tells us that these Greeks arrived in Jerusalem at the time of the Feast. If you wanted to find a Jewish religious teacher and did not know Him personally, I would think that traveling to Jerusalem at the time of a feast was probably a great idea on catching a meeting with Him. They knew Jesus would be there because that’s the way Jewish culture worked.

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