John 12:24 (KJV) “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”
In this verse, Jesus was speaking of His death, burial, and resurrection. He was also illustrating to us today that we must die to this world. I know that this is a very strong word, but that’s because the emphasis on what He is conveying to us is strong.
The world we live in is a dark place. When I say“world”, I mean the social systems in place on Earth. We see darkness all around us. We were each a part of that darkness at one time or another, but thank God, Jesus came to be the Light! We grew up in the “world’s” system and it was all we knew. The music, the movies, and the various ungodly activates we were involved in, these things are all part of the world. They formed our thinking, our habits, and our way of life. The message that Jesus is conveying here is that if a corn of wheat stays on the head of wheat, that’s all its going to do. It must be plucked off and planted somewhere else to produce a new crop. Before we came to Christ and made Jesus our Lord, we could only produce so much because we were operating as the world did. We believed that our lives would be fulfilled by the things we accumulated. But, if you were like me, we quickly found out that we were still unfulfilled. Some of us even as Christians still think that way. We put our trust in things rather than God.
We must detach ourselves from the world and be planted in the Kingdom of God. The rich young ruler thought he had salvation in his things and because he kept the commandments, but when Jesus told him to sell what he had and give to the poor, the bible says (Matthew 19:22) he went away sorrowful because he had great possessions. He couldn’t detach from the world. Not only are we to detach from the world physically, we are to detach in our thinking (Romans 12:2) and our way of doing things. Jesus says, “unless the corn or grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies.” Meaning, our old way of doing things our way must cease. We must pick up God’s way of doing things.
Jesus died on the cross and was raised from the dead three days later. He died for our sins and He was raised for our justifications. So, let us be dead to the world and live for the One who has given us eternal life.
Tony Green Tony & Anna Green