November 7, 2017
“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” – John 12:24 NIV
In our verse for today, Jesus states a law that holds for the realm of plants. More specifically, he states a law that holds for wheat plants. If a wheat kernel is never sown into the ground, then it will remain a single seed and will not produce a harvest of many seeds. On the other hand, if it is sown into the ground, it will die. It’s death, however, will give life to a stalk of wheat and, ultimately, to a harvest of many wheat seeds. The death of the wheat kernel is necessary for there to be a multiplication of wheat seeds.
Jesus, of course, uses the law that holds for wheat as an analogy for a spiritual law. More specifically, he uses the law as an analogy for his own mission on earth. If Jesus hadn’t been crucified and buried in the ground, then he would have remained a single individual and would not have produced the many Christians that came after him. Since he was crucified and buried, he has given spiritual life to his many followers. His death was necessary for the spiritual life that was in him to be released and to produce a spiritual harvest.
The law may also serve as an analogy for our own lives. If we are never spiritually crucified with Christ, if we are never spiritually buried with him through baptism, then we will never produce a spiritual harvest of any kind. Our old way of being in the world, our sinful spiritual selves, must die and be buried if we are ever going to truly live spiritually, if we are ever going to produce a spiritual harvest. In Christ, and in him alone, is true spiritual life. In Christ, our lives begin to move in a spiritual direction that produces the life of Christ in every area of life.
The law may also serve as an analogy for our own lives on a daily basis. Whenever our sinful spiritual selves try to rise up from the grave, whenever they try to take control of us again, we must, as it were, stuff them back down into the grave.
With the Lord’s help and through the power of His Spirit, we must stuff them back down where they belong.