Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies

Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 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. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. John 12:20-26

A single grain of wheat is pretty much useless unless it is planted, then it produces a plant that can feed someone. In order to do that the seed needs to be planted. You can sit it on a shelf and though it may sprout it will quickly wither. Jesus compares Himself to the wheat seed. For all His teaching and miracles performed unless he dies they amount to nothing.

Jesus did not come to earth to teach, He came to save. Yes His teachings are great and His miracles are wonderful but they were not His goal. There have been many great moral teachers but all they left were the few words someone wrote down. Miracles still happen today but except for those affected by them they have little effect on most. But Jesus’ death, now that was something that affected the whole world.

His death and His blood that was shed during the crucifixion atoned for every sin ever happened and ever sin that ever would happen. Without this blood atonement reconciliation with God would not have been possible. Our sins demanded total separation from God. The price for sin is death. Each of us deserves the death sentence for our sins against a holy God. Except for Jesus coming to earth, taking on human form and living the sinless life we could not that death sentence would have to be carried out for each of us.

Fortunately, God’s love is so great that He chose to take our sentence on Himself. And in doing so, He fully paid the price for our sin enabling those who chose to accept this payment to become children of God. No greater love ever existed.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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