Re:Verse passage – John 12:20-37, 42-50 (day five) Jesus had hard but honest words for the Greeks. Same honest and hard words for us. The christian life is difficult, counter cultural and counter intuitive. The illustrations He chooses are not the feel-good pictures that would be considered market friendly- dying like a grain of wheat, hating our life in this world, following Jesus on a path to suffering, and becoming a servant. However, these pictures are not the end of the story. Jesus also has glorious promises for those that will die, devalue their own life, follow, and serve. They will bear fruit, find eternal life, be near and close to Jesus, and will be honored by God.
What we learn is that the christian life is not easy, but it is productive, intertwined with the presence and power of Jesus, and eternal. Anyone want to live that kind of life (now and in eternity)?