“…But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.
Seeds are living things that must die in order to reproduce…they carry the promise of future life.
On the surface, Christ’s death looked like a disaster, but by falling “into the earth” (v. 24), He raised up followers and brought “many sons to glory” (Hebrews 2:10).
Following Christ however, carries a cost. Many of the original disciples died excruciating deaths, leading Tertullian to conclude that “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.”
As Christ’s disciples we must always “die” to ourselves in order to find “living hope” (1 Peter 1:3-5) in Christ.
This Lent we must carefully ponder the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s who observed with regards to discipleship that, “when Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.”
Risen Lord, You loved me so much that You died to save me from sin. I pray that this reality gives me humility, leads me to praise You always, and gives me a boldness to live fully abandoned to Your loving will. I pray this in Your name. Amen.