In John 12:20-25, we see the reach and impact of Jesus' ministry. These Gentile converts and even more so, the world, was ready to see Jesus. They were hearing and seeing and experiencing the impact of His ministry and they wanted more.
Our world wants and needs to see Jesus, whether they realize it or not. This is evident by ALL that we see around us. The addiction, the depression, the pain, the hatred, and on and on...all speaks to the fact that..."we would like to see Jesus." It's like the person who is hurting, and instead of saying I'm hurting...they hurt other people. The world is hurting, they need everything that Jesus is, and they express this hurt every night on the 7 p.m. news.
So, where is HE? Where is Jesus? He is hiding! Jesus takes a kernel of wheat and the process that it goes through, to explain how HE would reach the world. A kernel of wheat is more than just a kernel of wheat. An apple seed is more than just an apple seed. Inside ONE apple seed is...an apple tree, apples, more seeds, orchards, apple pies, apple cider vinegar, apple sauce...and etc... Get the picture? The seed must be buried in the ground and die in order for the potential that is hidden inside to come out, and this is exactly why Christ died. He wanted a harvest and He was the seed.
The world needs what Christ has hidden inside of us. The problem is that many times we are so afraid of dying, of disappointing people, and of being perceived as religious, that we just play it safe. We protect and preserve our life, and keep Christ hidden. We keep our talents hidden, and we keep the things He speaks to our heart to do, hidden.
When the truth is, if we sow our life for the kingdom of God. The world will be the harvest!