Before we start looking intently at the crucifixion it is good to ask “why did Jesus have to go through this?” Now I could share with you a massive theological treatises on sacrifice, redemption, justification, propitiation and tons of stuff like that! However, I find that stuff really hard to plow through at times, so let’s take this to its most simplistic and most basic level, the one in fact that Jesus Himself taught us.
Scripture: John 12:23-26 (ERV) Jesus said to them, “The time has come for the Son of Man to receive his glory. It is a fact that a grain of wheat must fall to the ground and die before it can grow and produce much more wheat. If it never dies, it will never be more than a single seed. Whoever loves the life they have now will lose it. But whoever is willing to give up their life in this world will keep it. They will have eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me. My servants must be with me everywhere I am. My Father will give honor to anyone who serves me.
Observations: In its most simplistic explanation, “if Jesus had not have died, then He would’ve ended up as a solitary King without any subjects! The Father would have no adopted children and the Holy Spirit no vessels to fill. As a single seed Jesus had to be sown in to the ground [death] to be able to rise into new life [resurrection] and produce many seeds [“us”] His loyal subjects! We’re the redeemed children of the Father adopted in Christ and vessels for the Spirit of God to fill.
The only way anyone can get a harvest in ones garden or field is by sowing seed. The seed dies and is raised up as a new life out of the now dead shell! Therefore, it stands to reason that the only way to get spiritual fruitfulness also is by sowing seed into one’s heart! Seed is an amazing miracle of God. Just use your imagination, take a runner bean for example, within that single bean there is potentially an 8-10 foot vine which could bear possibly lets say, 10 bean pods, each pod containing say 5 seeds in this first season! If you sow the one seed, it will produce 10 pods each containing 5 seeds, so by the end of the first season you will have gained 50 seeds. That’s pretty good returns for your small investment, now, say you don’t eat those beans but save them and sow them the next year! Now at the end of season two if all seeds germinate and produce the expected yield, you will now have 2,500 seeds from one seed in just two seasons, now sow all those seeds! I’ll let you do the math to see your returns by season three.
Now can you see why Jesus had to die and be raised to newness of life. Isaiah saw it and wrote this: Yet it was the will of the Lord to bruise him; He has put him to grief; when he makes himself an offering for sin, He shall see his offspring, he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand; He shall see the fruit of the travail of his soul and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous; and he shall bear their iniquities. Isaiah 53:10-11 RSV.
Application: Now, if that’s the case for natural seed and God’s word is seed just as Christ was a seed, then it stands to reason that if we sow God’s word it will bear fruit! And if we are God’s seed and we allow Him to sow us into the world which is His field, then WE also will bear much fruit for the Master as we are sown into this world! Think of all the potential in God’s word and our lives sanctified for Christ and the abundance of fruit it potentially can bear if only we sow it into good soil! There is so much potential in the word of God, it is alive, active and potent, BUT IT HAS TO BE SOWN! And there is so much potential in us [seeds/children of God], that if we just allow the Father to shake us out of our packets of complacency, then there will indeed be a great harvest for the Kingdom because WE HAVE TO BE SOWN. That is a natural law and a supernatural/spiritual law too!
Prayer: Father God in heaven. You sowed your Son the Lord Jesus in to this world and through His death and resurrection; you have produced a multitude of fruitfulness in saved souls. Jesus sowed your word into the soil of people’s hearts and lives to produce fruit for your glory and Kingdom, now I pray, help me to sow your word richly into my own life and the lives of others so that Jesus may see fruit for the travail of His soul and be satisfied and help me to be willing to be sown into the field of this world so that you may receive fruit, more fruit and abundant fruit from my life be it 30, 60 or even 100 fold returns. Amen and Amen