4/22/19

Good morning!

Text:  John 12  (Deuteronomy 5-6)

As we have just celebrated Jesus’ death for our sins and His glorious resurrection, these words from today’s text are gripping:

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. (John 12:24-25)

For our salvation, Jesus acted as that grain of wheat – he fell into the earth, dead.   Of course, He rose again.  You and I (if we have accepted Jesus) are the fruit of His sacrifice.  He gives us the powerful picture that great fruit requires the abandonment of self.  If we love our life in this world too much to release it to the Lord, we will ultimately lose our life.  It will have come to naught.   But, the surrendered life is a whole different story.  It is the way to eternal life and of great fruit for God’s kingdom.  So, a prayer:  “Lord, what is it in my life that I love so much that it holds me back from you?”

in Him, Mike