When does death end in life?
Jesus explains that death can be necessary to enable new life. A grain of wheat that falls on the ground will never be more than one grain unless it dies, but, if it dies it will produce lots of wheat.
Jesus explains further that the time had come for the Son of Man to be given his glory. Jesus had to die in order to buy new life all for mankind – including you and me. Jesus was to die, to pay the price for our sins, so that we wouldn’t have to die and be forever separated from God. He saved our lives – yours and mine – how wonderful!
Similarly we must, in a sense, lose our lives, our old self-centred lives, before we can gain new life, God-centred life, eternal life. Jesus explains that if we love our life and just live for ourselves, then we will lose our life – it will become empty and meaningless. If we instead give up our life to God we will receive new life, fulfilled life, eternal life, and we will be with Jesus wherever we are. Death leads to life!
Jesus explains that he is the light in the darkness. If we put our faith in him then we put our faith in God and we come out of the darkness and live in the light. If we don’t, then we continue walking blindly in the dark, as did the Pharisees.
Isaiah long before warned that although God doesn’t stop us knowing him, if we persistently refuse to believe in him, then he will let us go – he doesn’t force us into new life with him. Jesus tells us that he came to save the people of this world and not judge us but if we chose to reject him and his teachings then we will end up being judged and will have to face the consequences.
Dear Lord, we thank you so much that you gave your life on the cross so that we would not have to pay with our lives for all we’ve done wrong. Help us now to surrender our lives to you, the lives you paid for, so that our lives may be fulfilled and everlasting. Amen
Think about what it means to surrender your life each day to God, to live your life for God – it’s like escaping from prison to freedom, from darkness to light, from death to life.