John 12:24 (NIV)
Very truly I tell you, 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.
Philippians 2:5-8 (NIV)
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
Jesus’ words “very truly” can be translated as “amen, amen.” Jesus used this saying to stress the absolute truth of what he was about to teach. In this case, he was giving a kingdom principle about the certain and ongoing hope we have in the midst of everyday life. Jesus was referring to himself as this kernel of wheat that has died by way of the cross, and which has produced the many seeds we see today in the church. We are the many seeds of the one true Seed – we have hope as we similarly live out Jesus’ agapé sacrifice.
Today, may Jesus’ loving sacrifice move you towards life’s hope as you reflect on Philippians 2:5-8 and worship to “Upon Him” by Matt Redman. (Click Here)
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for your cross and help me to have the same mindset as you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.