Words from the Heart for Tuesday November 5th, 2019
Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 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.”
John 12:23-24 (NIV)
Out of Death
On February 3rd, 1916 at 8:37 p.m., the alarm was raised on Parliament Hill that a fire had broken out in Centre Block. By the next morning, the building had been reduced to a smoking ruin, encrusted in ice. The exact cause of the fire was never determined. The most likely culprit was a lit cigar in a wastepaper basket. From the ashes eventually rose the Centre Block with its Peace Tower, one of Canada’s most iconic symbols.
The death of Jesus must have seemed like the worst travesty of justice to those who were present. And for those who loved Him the most, His death must have been the worst moment of their lives. Their hopes were dashed, their dreams became a nightmare. Many of them immediately returned to what they had been and done in the past in an effort to find some stability in an event that rocked their world. But it didn’t need to be so. Over and over Jesus had tried to tell them what was ahead and that His death wasn’t the end, but a new beginning. In John 12:23-24 we read, “Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 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.” Jesus was teaching His followers that His death and resurrection would lead to something far greater – the establishment of His kingdom and the salvation of millions. He does the same in our lives. What looks like the worst thing that could happen leads to greater blessings than we could ever imagine. Trust Him.
These have been words from the heart.