Dear TLS community,
I must admit I have an affinity with those who work on farms, having lived my first 18 formative years on a mixed farming property with my family. I found though that it wasn’t the life or vocation for me but I still appreciated the opportunity to come back to the farm during holidays and help out for short stints of time.
The busy times of course were the planting and harvesting of our crops. To see the large paddocks of brown turn to green and then yellow as the crops ripened was part of growing up. Each year though, I was amazed that the seeds that were planted grew and yielded even more seeds – a miracle of biology.
But what amazed me even more was that the seeds looked lifeless, even for a number of years and then after planting and with the right conditions, they spring into life. From ‘death’ comes ‘life’ and life in abundance as it produces more grains.
One of the Bible readings for last Sunday at our church used John 12 where Jesus said ‘I am telling you the truth: a grain of wheat remains no more than a single grain unless it is dropped into the ground and dies. If it does die, then it produces many grains’.
Jesus was telling his followers He was going to die – and why. He used the seed illustration to show that for them to have ‘life’ (eternal life) He needed to die for them. In this way too they would be able to tell others about the love and sacrifice He showed, bringing others into a relationship with Him (many grains).
As we approach Easter we can do well to ponder on this message. The Easter story is filled with grief, pain and suffering for Christ as He went the way of the cross, but also with joy and celebration as He rose again for each one of us. The ‘seed’ needed to die to produce ‘many grains’.
Praise God for this wonderful message!
Blessings for the week ahead,
Deputy Principal & Year 6/7 Teacher