In [John 12:24], Jesus is primarily speaking of his own death. At first his death will appear as a tragedy, but in the end it will be a triumph. His death will be the ultimate victory of the resurrecting power of God over the forces of evil, sin, and death.
Though Jesus’ death is unique, he invites his followers to die as well. Like a seed that is planted in the ground and dies, Jesus invites us to die to ourselves in order to bear good fruit. We are asked to lay down our lives in love to be raised to new life.
—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days (Upper Room Books, 2015)
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“Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls
into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain;
but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”
—John 12:24 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, as I walk through this Holy Week, help me to remember all that Jesus experienced in the last week of his life. Guide me to remember his greatest sacrifice, and help me as I seek to follow Jesus. Thank you for your great love. Amen.
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