Thursday, October 04, 2012


Jesus tells us in John 12, verses 23-26, that "…unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal.  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.”  What does Jesus mean with these words, and how should we apply this truth to our lives?
This is not salvation by works! This is obedience, even unto death…death of my selfishness, death of my agenda in lieu of God’s agenda and His Kingdom come on Earth as it is in Heaven; and this, regardless of the cost to us.

Jesus was teaching two elemental truths here to His disciples: 1) His imminent and glorious atoning death on a cross and resurrection from the dead would bear much fruit for God’s kingdom, and 2) Christ was calling people to discipleship…to follow Him.  One truth reveals the greatest happening in human history, and the other reveals our appropriate and right response to God’s redemptive provision to mankind.
Jesus consecrated Himself fully to the work of God on this Earth, even unto death on a cross.    Christ’s death and resurrection led to glory and life not only for Himself but also for others.  God publicly demonstrated His displeasure with sin through the sufferings of his sinless son …Jesus Christ.  Christ's suffering was a real and meaningful substitute for the punishment humans deserve for our sin.  Christ is telling the disciples in this passage, that He must die in our place so that God can forgive our sins when we repent with faith.  On this basis, God is able to extend forgiveness while upholding His righteous laws for the highest good of His Kingdom and His created order.
The teaching is clear…if we seek after the perishable things of this life on Earth; if we do not seek Christ and follow His example and His teachings…we will lose our spiritual life and we are eternally separated from the God who created us.  If, however, we divest ourselves of all that is of this world only, and we prepare and equip ourselves for the great calling of God…to be Christ’s disciples to reach the nations with the gospel of God’s Kingdom and work with God in His implementation of redemption for mankind…then we will gain life eternal, and the Father will honor us as we serve Christ in this way.  Written by Keith A. Dunlap

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