24 In all sincerity I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains only a seed; but if it should die it will bear a lot of fruit.
25 The person who loves his life will lose it, and the person who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
26 If anyone should serve Me, he must follow Me, and where I am My servant will be also. If anyone should serve Me My Father will honour him.
At the moment we are in the depths of winter. Snow and frost are a common sight. The ground is cold. However, the signs that spring is not too far away are here for us to see. Snowdrops are appearing and other plants are poking through the soil. The life of buried bulbs is to be seen in the green shoots of our gardens.
It is the evidence that what is buried is about to burst into life, and a colourful life at that.
Part of the reply of Jesus to the Greeks was about death being necessary in order for life to happen.
The farmer sows the seeds. They are buried in the ground. He does this in the knowledge that unless the seeds are buried they will not spring into life. I have a number of packets of different vegetable seeds. If I leave them in the packet they will produce no life. It is only when they are buried in soil or compost that they are able to produce new life.