. . .and dies
Found this puffball near our house and immediately thought of John 12:24. Before the insides of a puffball turn to spores, the insides are spongy like a marshmallow and the outside’s color is creamy brown. But a transformation takes place, the insides become spores that spread in the wind — especially when you encounter one this size with the lawn mower!
The wording of John 12:24 is awkward. Dying is referenced twice — maybe to simply draw our attention to it?
First, in existing “alone”, as the seed falls to the ground and dies; but then, it will bear much fruit should it die. Jesus was preparing the Disciples of His own death: that His dying would grow fruit. What a great symbol for the Disciples to connect to later on when Jesus would be “absent in body” from them. Jesus gave purpose to the next stage for the Disciples to work to bear fruit.
Also there’s a nice symbolism within the imagery of a “seed”. Seeds are edible, beneficial, very healthy foods. The Word of God is edible, sustaining, tasting good.
Maybe you have some thoughts?