Spiritual Training 12 December 2011

Posted: December 12, 2011 in Bible Study, Encourgement, Fear, fools, Spiritual Training, trust in the Lord with all your heart, Uncategorized, Under Gods Command

Under Gods Command
Jesus Explains Why He Must Die

John 12:23-26 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But it if dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

This is a beautiful picture of the necessary sacrifice of Jesus. Unless a kernel of wheat is buried in the ground, it will not become a blade of wheat producing many more seeds. Jesus had to die to pay the penalty for our sin, but also to show his power over death. His resurrection proves he has eternal life. Because Jesus is God, Jesus can give this same eternal life to all who believe in him.

We must be so committed to living for Christ that we “hate” our lives by comparison. This does not mean that we long to die or that we are careless or destructive with the life God has given, but that we are willing to die if doing so will glorify Christ. We must disown the tyrannical rule of our own self-centeredness. By laying aside our striving for advantage, security, and pleasure, we can serve God lovingly and freely. Releasing control our lives and transferring control to Christ bring eternal life and genuine joy.

Many believed that Jesus came for the Jews only. But when Jesus said, “Whoever serves me must follow me,” he was talking to these Greeks as well. No matter who the sincere seekers are, Jesus welcomes them. His message is for everyone. Don’t allow social or racial differences to become barriers to the gospel. Take the Good news to all people.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; (6) in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.

Comments
  1. James says:

    I just wanted to let you know that I really like the mental picture you mentioned concerning the wheat that falls to the ground. Like the Bible says, if the wheat falls to the ground and dies, many more kernels of wheat will later be formed. It is truly incredible how Jesus could use common examples to teach great spiritual truths. Then again, Jesus is God, and God did create the world and the Bible too. As such, the natural world confirms the truth of the Bible, and vice versa.

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