John 12:24 – 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.
When God first made man, he was without the benefit of any other human companionship. God said this was not good. So God made the woman, utilizing a rib from the man as the base element for His making. In order to remove the man’s rib, God caused a deep sleep to come on him. That deep sleep was a type and shadow of death. In part, it represents what we see in our Text for Today. If man had not slept, he would have continued to abide alone. “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.” But because Adam slept (when a “corn of wheat fall[s] into the ground and die[s],” the woman was brought forth, and all humanity is the “much fruit” that came forth.
Now let’s examine the scene of resurrection and redemption. Jesus died, but He was raised from the dead, receiving His glorified body, and is seated on the right hand of Father. But at that moment, the second Adam was alone, as was the first Adam in the garden. But remember, God does not change. So it was still not good that man, albeit now, a glorified man, the first begotten from the dead, the first born of many brethren, should be alone. So when natural man will confess Jesus as Lord and believe in his/her heart that God has raised Jesus from the dead, he/she will be born again. Because the Seed of the new creation, Jesus, died and was buried, He no longer abides alone as the “only begotten Son of God,” but now lives, seated on the right hand of Father God as the “First Born of many brethren,” “the First-begotten from the dead,” and you and I are His living testimony to the fact that He has brought forth “much fruit.”
But it doesn’t stop there. When the believer dies to him/herself, lives a life that is not his/her own, but one that is through the faith of Jesus, the kingdom yet increases the more. When we yield ourselves to the will of our Lord, being His living witnesses in the earth, the kingdom grows as the number of disciples multiplies. Let us live as Paul wrote, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”
Manna for Today – John 12:20-26; Genesis 2:18-25; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:6-17; John 15:16; Galatians 2:20