NKJ John 12:24
"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground
and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
This passage is interesting because of the deep meaning behind it.
I.- The message regarding the process of the fruit.
a) The Wheat vine produces a special grain used to produce bread.
Bread is mentioned all along the scripture because it was a primary food at that time.
With five pieces of bread, Jesus fed more than 500 people.
The word of Jesus Christ was represented with bread.
b) Before it becomes bread, it is a grain,
Grain is basically a seed that can be planted to produce more.
A grain is the small edible fruit of the plant, usually hard on the outside and is harvested from grassy crops.
A Seed is defined as an embryonic plant covered in a seed coat and is formed from the ripened ovule of plants after fertilization.
c) Every seed and grain need to be placed in the ground, watered and receive heat from the
produce, but if it doesn't die, nothing happens.
The other part of the passage is a spiritual message and starts in verse 23.
NKJ John 12:23
But Jesus answered them, saying, "The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.
II.- Jesus has been glorified in His death and resurrection from death.
a) He is the Seed in Genesis 3:15
And I will put enmity Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.
b) The seed in Genesis 22:8
And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.
and Galatians 3:16
Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say,
“And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.
c) Seed = children = offspring.
The Seed is the Son of GOD, descendant of Abraham who blesses all nations.
It was necessary for the Seed, who is Jesus, to die to produce the fruit of eternal life in His resurrection.
NKJ 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
Jesus was announcing his death, and was glorified at the right hand of GOD.
We need to die with our sins, be buried in the waters and experience the first
resurrection with Christ and produce fruit for the Lord, waiting for the day to be taken to heaven.
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ
was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Matthew 13:1-9, The Parable of the Sower
1 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea.
2 And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow.
4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.
5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.
6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.
8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Matthew 13:18-23, The Parable of the Sower Explained
18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower:
19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it,
then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart.
This is he who received seed by the wayside.
20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word,
immediately he stumbles.
22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of
riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
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Javier Villa, Minister
Sunday Morning 02/16/2020