“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die, it brings forth much fruit.” John 12:24 (Jesus speaking)
Jesus had thirty three years on this planet. The first few years were spent fleeing to Egypt and living in hiding there from the wrath of Herod. The rest of his years, except for the last three, were spent at the hard labor of carpentry. It is indicated by scripture that he lost his earthly father at an early age and had to take over the responsibility of providing and caring for his family. What I think about often is that he also had the inner knowledge of the shortness of his earthly life and what he must face at the end of that life. A hard life and the cross at the end of it!
When he spoke of laying his life down for others, it wasn’t a play on words, it wasn’t symbolism, it wasn’t a parable, it was the truth of his life. It was the reality that he chose because he loved you and because he loved me.
Now, getting back to that grain of wheat. Jesus is saying to us, if we live our lives for ourselves, at the end of it we will have nothing. If we give our lives away to be used by God for His glory and to bless others, at the end of it we will have a whole field full of the eternal fruit of our sacrifice.
He is comparing the life lived selfishly to a hard, dry kernel of wheat which in the end, produces no fruit. He is contrasting that selfish life with a life that dies to self and lives for the Lord, for His Kingdom and for others, which ends with a new beginning: Eternal Life!
When the grain of wheat (you and me!) choose the way of Jesus, the way of sharing God’s love, grace and mercy with others, a bountiful harvest is ahead! It is our choice. The outcome of those two choices couldn’t be more appallingly different. Let’s commit together, today, to following Jesus.
His love and grace, Ron