And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
Jesus used the imagery of a dying grain of wheat here in two ways. First, he refers to His own death. The Son of Man will be glorified through His sacrificial death – His life was given a ransom for many. And through His death, many will have life.
Jesus goes on to say that his followers must be willing to “lose their lives” for the sake of following Him. We are Christ’s servants, called to sacrifice our lives for the glory of God, and ultimately, for the flourishing of many others. As we die to ourselves and live and proclaim the gospel, many hear and understand.
Just like Jesus and His followers, the grain of wheat comes from the earth, and in its dying, it benefits the earth.
Doug and I have grabbed on to the imagery of the grain of wheat in our songwriting endeavors. We are local church pastors. Like the grain of wheat that comes from the earth and then enriches all around it through its death, our goal is to write music borne out of our ministry in the church, for the benefit of the church.