20 Now eamong those who went up to worship at the feast were some fGreeks. 21 So these came to gPhilip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told hAndrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 And Jesus answered them, i“The hour has come jfor the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, kunless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 lWhoever loves his life loses it, and mwhoever nhates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must ofollow me; and pwhere I am, there will my servant be also. qIf anyone serves me, rthe Father will honor him.
This is not an easy passage to pull apart. At a session meeting last week, we spent a great deal of time on it. It's confusing. You have to die to live? Dead seeds bear fruit? This is a classic example of Jesus saying things that are so out there, we are still struggling with it 2000+ years later.
Think about what happens when a seed falls into the ground. It sits for a short while, then it suddenly bursts open! Before long, there is nothing left of the seed, but rather a plant has grown because the seed was willing to explode and become something completely different. A seed that doesn't fall into the ground and lose itself becomes hard and useless.
There is who we think we are (seeds) and there is who we are (plants). We can't know who we truly are until we have fallen into the ground, willing to explode - to allow who we used to be to be shattered so that something new and beautiful can grow. And we can only grow up into plants with Jesus.
Don't get stuck on being a seed. Don't cling to your seed-ness so tightly that you stay a seed forever, because you'll eventually grow hard and shriveled and will no longer be able to grow. Being a fruit-bearing plant is the real life intended for us. As we watch the trees bud and the new plants spring forth from the ground in Spring, let them be reminders to us of the new life we have in Jesus if we are only willing to fall into the ground with him.
e [1 Kgs. 8:41–43; Acts 8:27]
f Acts 17:4; [Mark 7:26]; See ch. 7:35
g ch. 1:44
h See Mark 13:3
i ch. 17:1; [ver. 27; ch. 13:31, 32; Mark 14:41]; See ch. 2:4
j ver. 16
k 1 Cor. 15:36
l See Matt. 10:39
m [ch. 11:25]
n See Luke 14:26
o ch. 8:12; 21:18
p ch. 14:3; 17:24; [2 Cor. 5:8; 1 Thess. 4:17]
q [ch. 14:21, 23; 16:27]
r 1 Sam. 2:30; Ps. 91:15
 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Jn 12:20–27). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.