The Miracle of Multiplication – John 12:23-26

I was blessed to hear this message in person last Sunday and thought I would share it.

23And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Truly, 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. 25Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

John 12;23-26

What a counter to what we humans, at least this one, think. We often think more is better, greatness comes without sacrifice – like you are lucky, like the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

The Bible tells otherwise. When I am weak, God is strongest in me. Less is often more. Go figure!

Rainbow full-perspective

We are wise to try and see ‘the bow’ also from God’s point of view. It’s a pact, promise, a covenant between He and us; the awesome Creator and the rebellious creation.

God’s dilemma

5The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”

8But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

Genesis 6:5-8

God’s Powerful Solution

4For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thingc that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.”

5And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him.

Genesis 7:4-5

God’s Symbol

8Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9“Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, 10and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. 11I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds,15I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

Genesis 9:8-13

Are you glad Noah found favor, Noah obeyed and God saw a bigger picture, that He didn’t end His creation?

This is why we need to maintain a Holy fear as David exhorts us vehemently in Psalms and Solomon in Proverbs and throughout the Holy Bible.

God is dangerous but He is good . When we see the bow let’s bow our hearts, repent of our sin and mostly thank Father for Jesus; for the good news of the Gospel. The first Adam messed up big time, the second Adam fixes bigger time.

If you aren’t fully assured Jesus is your Savior from the Creator’s just wrath, now is the time to seek the living Word. Go to John 1:1 and/or contact me or another Christian now.

Not wishing ANY should perish… Holy Spirit, 2nd Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

2nd Peter 3:9

Yes, He does want everyone to repent and have faith in His Son.

Next time some says a loving God has predestined one of His creature to hell without an opportunity for redemption, without free will, remember and share this verse

Along with John 3:16 and many others.

If you have breathe, you have life.

If you have life, you were created in God’s image.

If you are His creation, you are loved.

If you are loved, you have an opportunity to embrace Christ and His gospel message one way or the other.