The grain of wheat dies to give fruit (Jn 12:24-12:24)


Very truly!

I say to you!

Unless a grain

Of wheat

Falls into the earth

And dies,

It remains a single grain.

But if it dies,

It bears much fruit.”

ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ἐὰν μὴ ὁ κόκκος τοῦ σίτου πεσὼν εἰς τὴν γῆν ἀποθάνῃ, αὐτὸς μόνος μένει· ἐὰν δὲ ἀποθάνῃ, πολὺν καρπὸν φέρει.

Then John uniquely indicated that Jesus issued a solemn pronouncement (ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν) that unless (ἐὰν μὴ) a grain of wheat (ὁ κόκκος τοῦ σίτου) falls (πεσὼν) into the earth (εἰς τὴν γῆν) and dies (ἀποθάνῃ), it remains a single grain (αὐτὸς μόνος μένει).  However, if it dies (ἐὰν δὲ ἀποθάνῃ), it bears much fruit (πολὺν καρπὸν φέρει).  John had Jesus issue this declaration about the grain of wheat to prove his point.  The grain of wheat had to die in the ground in order to sprout a new life tassel of wheat.  Left alone and not planted in the ground, the grain of wheat would remain just a single grain.  Thus, Jesus had to die to bring about the growth of the new followers.  They too would have to suffer and die to have others grow.  Paul would further expound on this idea of the grain of wheat dying to give new life in I Corinthians, chapter 15:36.  This wheat grain was often mentioned in the parables of Jesus.  Have you ever planted seeds?

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