“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 12:24
Today, I want to share with you about the Paschal Mystery, which is an ancient Christian principle that we don’t talk about a lot, except maybe on Easter. To become Paschal, in essence, is to become anti-fragile, and it happens when we recognize that in our salvation, we were given the gift of redemption, not only of our soul, but of every earthly circumstance. This means that anytime we are harmed, or attacked, or experience the death of a dream, if we respond in faith, new life will ultimately spring forth from the negative experience. When things die in Christ, they come back to life with greater power!
When you were baptized into Christ, you were given death. Did you know that? Although it sounds strange, when you received Him, you became a partaker of both His death and His life. So as a believer who experiences pain, anguish, or loss. and exercises faith in response, you will see new life emerge from the darkness. This is what Jesus is referring to when He says that “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.” Although He is referencing His own death in this verse, the principle of redemption is the same, because He lives in you and you have His nature!
Friend, I encourage you to embrace endings in your life. Although the emotions that accompany loss can be overwhelming, when you learn to view your circumstances through the lens of redemption, they become less dark and threatening. Every hard time you endure has the potential to produce greater blessings and to benefit not only you but the world around you. When death in your life produces fruit, you have experienced one of the greatest blessings of the Christian faith — Jesus’ resurrection power at work in your circumstances!
Thank you, Jesus, for redeeming every circumstance and for using death and endings in my life to bring forth new life.
What does it mean to you that you are a partaker of Jesus’ death and His life? How does this change the way you view endings and loss in your life?
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It has given me a new insight into how I view the many different losses in my life such as losing my appetite and hair due to chemotherapy treatments. And also not being able to complete my High School Education. And witnessing the death of my Dad on 11-10-1977 was a difficult time because of what he taught me all about music and such by working in the reed business. And also of Mom on 9 -23-2000. I was not allowed to see her in the nursing home because it would have been too traumatizing
for me.But I know that when my time on this Earth is through. I will be reunited with them in Heaven. I want to wish Pastor Bobby Schuller and his beautiful family
a Blessed Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May God bless them and their
ministry.As always a faithful viewer of The Hour of Power and Happy and Wholesome Student in Jesus Christ