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Andrea Delwiche
by Andrea Delwiche
March 31, 2024

In the days preceding his death, Jesus reminded his disciples of a lesson from nature that had application in his own life and the lives of his followers. 

“Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (John 12:24,25).

Jesus’ followers were contemplating dreams of earthly glory. Jesus pointed them in a different direction. A kernel of wheat is only one seed until it falls to the ground and lies dormant for a season. Then in spring the soil warms; the seed germinates and grows. Later in its growth cycle, it bears fruit. The single kernel produces many kernels, which in turn will die, come back to life, and increase.

Through the giving of his own life, Jesus gave new life to his first-century disciples and to all of us who follow him today. We are in turn asked by God to give up our own lives for others. 

Christ’s resurrection resonates for us each day—both eternally and in time as we walk each day into the resurrection fields of loving service with Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. We love and serve others because Jesus loved and served us first. What an honor to be Christ-like in this way!

Christ is risen. Praise God! He is risen, and we rise with him. Hallelujah!