Jesus, speaking with Philip and Andrew, had just told them that it was time for Him to re-enter His Glory. But first, using the example of a grain of wheat, He would give up His own life in order to bring life to many others.
Now, He expanded this example to include, not only Himself, but also His Followers.“Those who love their life in this world will lose it,” He said. “Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. Anyone who wants to be My disciple, must follow Me, because My servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves Me.” John 12:25,26 NLT
By the sin of Adam, all of mankind became tainted with sin; and all who cling to their sinful life, thereby refusing the new and holy life Jesus has purchased with His own blood, will lose out on eternal life. But those who discard their sinful life and embrace Jesus in faith and obedience, discover the wonderful gift of eternal life.
And Jesus also has disciples, those who, like Him, willingly lay down their lives that others may come to new life in Him. Some have spent their lives translating His words into the common language of their people. They lived in hiding from the religious powers of the day, and some were killed for their faithfulness to Jesus. Others have carried His gospel to faraway lands, enduring hardships, tragedies, and even death. Some have served quietly at home, without recognition, daily laying down their lives in the circumstances He has arranged for them.
Whatever their place of service, Jesus promises His servants two things; that they will be with Him where He is, and that His Father will honor them. And so the eternal rewards of following Jesus far surpass anything that we have to leave behind.