The Teachings of Jesus Part 6: A Grain of Wheat

“Jesus replied to them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 I assure you: Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains by itself. But if it dies, it produces a crop. 25 The one who loves his life will lose it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me. Where I am there My servant also will be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

Now My soul is troubled. What I should I say-Father save Me from this hour? But that is why I came to this hour. 28 Father glorify Your Name!” The a voice came from heaven.” “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again!’

What happened in this passage? Jesus tells us the way that leads to glory and tells us to follow Him.

What is the way?

“Now I rejoice in my suffering for you, and I am completing in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ’s for His body that is, the church.” (Colossians 1:24)

Simply put, the way to glory is suffering. How did I come to that conclusion and why is that the way?

Before Jesus spoke about the wheat of grain falling into the ground and dying, He said, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. He then tells about the grain of wheat needing to die before it can produce a harvest. Next He talks to us and says if we love our life we will lose it, but if we hate it we will keep it. Lastly, He speaks about His soul being troubled because of what He is about to suffer and then acknowledges that He need not ask to be saved from the suffering because it is why He has come.

He tells us to follow Him. Colossians 1:24 shows that the afflictions of Christ are being filled up by believers. How? By us following Him in suffering.

What does that equate to?

“For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.” (1 Peter 2:21)

What is the “this” we are called to?

“For it brings favor if, mindful of God’s will, someone endures grief from suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is there if you sin and are punished, and you endure it? But when you do what is good and suffer, if you endure it, this brings favor with God.” ( 1 Peter 2:19, 20)

Notice the outcome of doing the right thing in response to being wronged:

“...heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. 18. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8:17, 18)

We reign with Christ. We overcome evil by doing good. We participate in God’s redemptive act of bringing all things in submission to His Son.

Hence the command to count it joy when we suffer (James 1:24) because when we endure suffering we are inheriting glory. We are imitating our Heavenly Father and we show that good is greater than evil.

It is beneficial for us as believers to arm ourselves with the mind to suffer rather than seeking to avoid it. (1 Peter 4:1)

Morning Devotional: A Reflection on the Messiah

I read these Scriptures this morning:

In His hands are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also; 5. The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land. Psalm 95:4, 5

I thought about Genesis Chapter 1 and the truth that God the Father spoke and the world came into existence. As Hebrews states, “By faith we understand that the universe was created by God’s command, so that what is seen has been made from things that are not visible.” (Heb. 11:3)

Considering that this Psalm mentions God forming the dry land with His hands, my mind hopped on a train of thought that landed on the following Scriptures as I envisioned Jesus the Son of God  forming the dry land with His hands as the Father spoke:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.” (John 1:1-3)

“In these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son. God has appointed Him heir of all things and made the universe through Him. 3. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word…”(Hebrews 1:2, 3)

Through these Scriptures I gained a clear visual of the Father speaking and the Son doing. This truth aligns with the Words Jesus spoke on earth:

“…I assure you: The Son is not able to do anything on His own, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does these things the same way.” (John 5:19)

It is beautiful to reflect on the relationship between the Father and the Son. This relationship is for the Father’s relationship with all those who become His children. We become God’s children by receiving and believing the Words He gave us through His Son (John 14:10), namely the truth that Jesus is the only acceptable sacrifice to cover the penalty of sin which is death (1 John 4:10; 1 John 2:2; John 3:15). Once we are born again and become children of God by receiving in the Son (John 1:12) we get the privilege of imitating God through the power of Holy Spirit following the Son of God’s example.

Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children. 2 And walk in love, as the Messiah also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God. (Ephesians 5:1,2)

Additional Scriptures for reflection:

The one who has accepted His testimony has affirmed that God is true. 34. For God sent Him, and He speaks God’s words, since He gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hands. 36. The one who believes has eternal life, but the one who does not believe will not see life; instead, the wrath of God remains on him. (John 1:33-36)

The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)