Andrew and Philip came to tell Jesus that some Greeks were interested in Israel’s God and the Jewish festivals. Instead of saying, “Bring them to me,” Jesus went into this meditative comment about seeds and plants. In hindsight, we know that God will save the world through Jesus’ death. It will look like a tragedy as Jesus’ heart stops beating and his body is buried. But his death and resurrection will be the ultimate triumph. Just as a seed must die to burst forth new life, so Jesus will enter into death to bring eternal life for all who believe in and follow him. And, Jesus wasn’t only talking about his own death and resurrection. Eternal life would be available to the Greeks or to anyone else who chooses to follow him. We all must be ready to be “planted,” and risk all for his service.
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