Jesus enters Jerusalem with a triumphal entry. The crowd laid out branches of palm trees before Him as He rode on his donkey. Palm Sunday. Even the Greeks came to seek out Jesus.
Then, Jesus speaks to His Father in heaven, and a voice came from heaven. Afterwards, Jesus retreated to hide.
I wanted to write about 3 things today based on the words Jesus spoke:
- Biology Lesson
- Transitive Property
- No Middle Ground
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.John 12:24
These words spoken by Jesus sounds like a biology lesson. In nature, plants and animals follow the circle of life pattern. Plant seeds are scattered, plants grow with sunlight, animals eat the plants, animals poop, the poop provides nutrients for plants to grow, etc.
Everything is interconnected and has a meaning, even death. For the death of one animal feeds the vultures. The death of plants that were eaten goes through an animal’s digestive system and exits as poop that provides nutrients to the next generation of plants. Plant seeds that die are sown and bear much fruit.
Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.John 12:25
Now, the biology lesson turns spiritual.
Unless we humans die, we won’t be able to move on. If we love our lives in the world, we will be stuck where we are. But by giving up our lives, we will receive so much more.
The world is evil. The world’s life fills us when we are born. Until we empty ourselves by rejecting the world’s life, Jesus cannot pour eternal life into us. And thus we cannot bear fruit until our flesh dies.
If A = B and B = C, A = C.Transitive Property
We define the transitive property. In math and logic, if A is equal to B and B is equal to C, then A is equal to C.
Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me.John 12:44-45
Jesus states that belief in Him is equivalent to belief in the Father, and vice versa.
No Middle Ground
Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.John 12:42-43
These Jews attempt to find a middle ground. They believe in Jesus, but they also fear for the safety of themselves and their family.
Unfortunately, there is no middle ground. You are either for Jesus or against Jesus. There’s no room for negotiation. Jesus demands us fully.
This is tough, especially because we have lots to lose if we follow Jesus. It requires a mountain of faith to reject what we currently have.
We must believe that Jesus can provide better than the world.
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