John 12:23-26 NASB
And Jesus answered them, saying, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 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. 25 He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. 26 If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
Easter is two weeks away. The Bible paints beautiful pictures of the life of our Savior, the son of God, and it also vividly portrays the pain and agony of Jesus’ death.
Before the cross Jesus spoke to those closest to Him and to others about God’s plan for His life. It was clear and rarely understood that He would have to die. The disciples didn’t want to hear such awful things. People from far and near came to see Jesus, to hear His words and to see the miracles that seemed to follow Him.
The verses above were ones that grabbed my attention several years ago. The imagery of the “grain of wheat” made me dig deeper to understand what Jesus was saying and the power that God intended to exert through the death of His son.
There had to be a sacrifice for sin. That was Jesus. His death was not only to cover and remove sin but to bring fruit that was not going to be seen for years or even centuries. Living a life of significances is often a life given for others. That is how our Savior lived and how He died.
Unless He died we would have no life. Unless we live for Christ we miss the plan and purpose God has for us.
Easter is meant as time of celebration. It is also a time of reflection. Are we living in such a way of losing our lives for what really matters?
May our lives, like Jesus’ life, count for more than we could ever imagine!