There are several passages in the Gospels where Jesus says or does something that I find hard to understand:
John 12:20-26 (ESV) Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
Now I understand completely (I think) what Jesus was saying; clearly he was talking about his coming death. What I don't understand is what the relevance of these statements was to being told that some Greeks wished to see him; it appears to be a complete non sequiter.
This is hardly an isolated incident. I have frequently read passages in the Gospels which caused me some difficulty in determining what the connection was between the surrounding events and what Christ was saying.
I don't really have a point here; I just wanted to get that off my chest while I was thinking about it.