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John 12:23-25 The Passion Translation (TPT)

23 He replied to them, “Now is the time for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Let me make this clear:[a] A single grain of wheat will never be more than a single grain of wheat unless it drops into the ground and dies. Because then it sprouts and produces[b] a great harvest of wheat—all because one grain[c] died.[d]

25 “The person who loves his life and pampers himself will miss true life! But the one who detaches his life from this world and abandons himself to me, will find true life and enjoy it forever!

Footnotes:

  1. John 12:24 The Aramaic is translated “Timeless truth I say to you.”
  2. John 12:24 The Aramaic has an interesting word play with “it dies” (myta) and “it produces” (mytya).
  3. John 12:24 The “one grain” is Jesus Christ, who will within days be offered as the sacrifice for sin on Calvary’s cross. He will “drop” into the ground as “a grain of wheat” and bring forth a great “harvest” of “seeds.” This parable given to Philip and Andrew was meant to be Jesus’ reply to the request by the non-Jewish seekers to see Jesus. Christ’s answer? “They will see me through you. As you follow me, you will also experience the dying and birthing experience.” The harvest among the nations will come when we follow Jesus where he goes.
  4. John 12:24 The Aramaic is translated “if it dies, it will bring forth a great rebirth.”
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