John 12:24. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”
Just one verse today, because it is so profound. Not complicated, especially if you are a gardener or a farmer; just profound.
If you keep a seed in your hand, or a jar, or your pocket, it never becomes anything but a seed. It does not reproduce. Eventually, you will lose it, or its potential will dry up. It is worthless until. . . .
Until it dies. When you put a seed in the ground and cover it with dirt, it dies in order to reproduce itself many times over.
One good example would be a potato. We used to cut the eyes out of older potatoes, until we had a bunch of little pieces all with sprouts connected. Each little piece, left to itself, would soon shrivel and become useless. But when we planted two or three of these eyes, hilled them up, watered them, and picked off the potato bugs, they would soon yield many, many potatoes—new, healthy, delicious little spuds that would continue to grow until we dug them up in the fall.
Planting the eyes resulted in their dying in order to reproduce themselves.
Jesus knew that He was the Seed that would die, and that from His death would come a bountiful harvest to the glory of God.
Do you remember planting something, probably the seed of a bean, in water, when you were very young? Remember the excitement of being able to watch that seed crack, and a tiny sprout break through the seed? Roots would begin to form, and before long leaves would reach and stretch for the light, and voila! You had a new plant that, if you planted it outdoors in the ground, would deliver many, many beans.
It’s not surprising that Jesus often used examples of farming to teach His followers about Himself. They were farmers, shepherds, agrarian in their outlook. They understood the process of of planting and harvesting, preserving seed for the next planting season.
Jesus’ death would result in abundance of life for all who would believe in Him, because He would conquer sin and death on the behalf of all mankind.