“Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” ~ John 12:20-33
Our entire lives are a similar cycle of dying and rising. It is when we are prepared to die that our lives become the most fruitful.
If we have been acting on those principles, when we confront people who have hurt us, we could happily say, “I am different now, and my old self died a long time ago.”
Therefore, Jesus invites us today to spend our lives for others in order to find God in them.
Jesus was indeed troubled in anticipation of His agony and yet was aware of His Father’s will, which He accepted in obedience. The voice of the Father that He heard was the confirmation of His closeness to the Father. The result of His glorification, therefore, was life-giving and a sacrifice.
Through His cross, He will draw all of us to Himself, so that we, too, may glorify Him.