The kernel of wheat!
Scripture reading for April 22nd: John 12
As a farmer, I have put lots of seeds into the ground. In a sense, they are buried and die. But the seed has life inside of it. In the soil, it begins to germinate and sends out a shoot that soon breaks through the surface and a plant emerges! From that plant, more seeds will be produced so that another harvest will come. Wheat usually produces from fifty to one hundred more seeds from one!
“Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, 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. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves Me must follow Me; and where I am, My servant will be. My Father will honor the one who serves Me.”” (John 12:23-26) Jesus looked at His coming death as a “glorification”! He knew that as a seed is planted in the ground, He would be planted in the grave. He also knew that after three days, He would be resurrected in a glorified body! He knew that this would fulfill the plan of the Father and the purpose that He came to earth for–the salvation of those who would believe and follow Him!
“”But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” He said this to show the kind of death He was going to die.” (John 12:31) The message of the cross is foolishness to those who love the world but the power of God to believers!