Thursday, May 8, 2014

21 Days In John - Day 12: Unless A Grain Of Wheat Falls Into The Earth And Dies


Please Read John chapter 12

Key Verse:

And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:23-24 [ESV]

Jesus was approaching the last week of His earthly life, and He is making it clear that the time of His death is close. He spoke about being glorified, of being lifted up to die and the defeat of the ruler of this world – Satan himself. The crowds welcomed Him with branches of palm trees and cries of Hosanna and recognized Him as the King of Israel, but in a few day’s time they would be crying, “Crucify Him.”   

His death is likened to a grain of wheat that falls into the ground and dies, but from that death will come life and much fruit. Many would come to believe on Him, and find freedom from sin and new life

Most people, even His disciples did not understand that Jesus would die, but Mary understood. She anointed the feet of Jesus in preparation for His burial.
Like that grain of wheat, she also was prepared to die. She gave Him the most valuable possession she owned, very expensive perfume. Then she gave Him something of even greater value. No woman of respect in that culture would ever let her hair down in public. Her hair was her crown and glory and typified her dignity. This was more valuable than the perfume and as she wiped the feet of Jesus she was giving him her dignity, her self and her everything. Out of her love for Jesus Mary was prepared to die to herself.


Questions:

The principle of a corn of wheat falling into the ground to die and then bearing much fruit applies not only to Jesus but also to us who follow Him. What does this death mean to you personally?

Mary gave Jesus everything she possessed. What would that mean in your life?

Jesus came to save the world [verses 44-50]. What does this mean to you? 

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