I remember hearing a story years ago of a family who had just experienced a bountiful harvest. They rejoiced every day for weeks as they enjoyed the abundance of food and were able to eat at least twice a day.

As time went on the portions were reduced and soon they were eating but once a day. Shortly before the next planting season, the family was barely eating, as the portions were small and tummies were often hungry. One day the youngest found a huge sack of grain in the shed and came running with glee and told her father that they would be able to eat lots more again. “No my darling daughter,” he said, “We cannot eat this grain because it is our seed for the next harvest. We must plant it and wait once again for new grain to grow!” Jesus said something similar once by saying, “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” He was referring to Himself! God’s perfect seed was in the person of His Son Jesus Christ.

In order for humanity to be saved the perfect incorruptible seed must go to the ground and die. As with all seed, in order to reap an abundant new harvest, the seed must be planted and die. But if it dies … then new life will spring forth and great rejoicing happens once again!

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