23 But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.
24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.
There is no indication that Jesus met with the Greeks.
Previously (John 2:4; 7:30), Jesus had said that His hour had no come. Now it had (v. 23).
glorified (v. 23) — His death, which fulfilled His purpose (John 13:31-32).
When a grain of wheat dies (v. 24), it produces other grains. The life in grain is passed through death. So Christ’s life is passed to us through His death.
Verse 25 — Matthew 10:39; 16:25; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24; 17:33. See also Philippians 3:7-10; Colossians 3:1-4. By giving up themselves and serving Christ, they may do without earthly benefits but would be honored by God.
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