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"Thy Word Have I Hid In Mine Heart..." Psalm 119 : 11

Life Through Christ's Death

Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die it abideth alone: but if it die it bringeth forth much fruit.
JOHN 12:24
31st October
October
J. M. Killen
The dying of the Lord Jesus rescues us from eternal death, whilst the doing of the Lord Jesus obtains for us eternal life.
 
Christ speaks figuratively here of His humiliation. He is the corn of wheat who descended into the ground, into the place of the curse, this world. How accurate the parallel is.

As the seed is sown, it soon assimilates the form of the soil in which it lies and becomes dust. Thus Christ partook of flesh and blood and was sent "in the likeness of sinful flesh."

As it lies in the soil, the seed is unseen and unknown. Christ too was both unknown and unrecognised. In His condescension He hid His glory. He was treated like a rotting seed below the clod, "despised and rejected of men."

The seed also falls into an environment of darkness. When the Lord came into this earth, He came among those who were shrouded in depravity and ignorance of God, sitting "in the region and shadow of death." What humility that He who dwelt in "light inapproachable" should have descended into the midnight darkness of a sinful world.

But the comparison does not end there. The seed must die; otherwise its potential to produce cannot be released. Much fruit will come from that one grain. This is the inexorable law of the harvest. It applies in the spiritual realm too. What a harvest Christ's death has brought forth, vast throngs of both Jews and Gentiles. Note in this chapter the Jews who cried "Hosanna" and the Greeks, or Gentiles, who came to worship, saying, "We would see Jesus." Surely these are the representatives of that innumerable congregation "of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues" who will be safely harvested from the earth to stand before the throne.