The Grain of Wheat: Much, Many, & More
In our quoted text, the Lord Jesus mentions an hour and a grain of wheat. The hour is a time when He would be glorified. The wheat is a picture of His death. In this hour, the Lord Jesus would be glorified and would die. The grain of wheat is a window that He invites us to peer through to understand His very goal during this hour.
As a farmer begins growing wheat, he buries the seed in the ground. Now, if you were to come back every day to observe the seed, you would begin to notice something starting to shoot above the ground. If you kept coming back, you would notice a blade appear, then a stalk, an ear, and at last the seed which was planted would produce more wheat. Understanding the fruitful outcome of the wheat shows us something particular about what the Lord Jesus wanted to accomplish through the hour of His death.
The Lord Jesus was going to be like this tiny grain of wheat. His personal goal as He approached the hour of the cross was that someday He might bring many sons to glory. He endured the suffering and shame of death, even the death of the cross. He was raised to life, and now offers life to everyone. His goal was to produce MUCH. His aim is that for the ages to come there would be a myriad throng of living redeemed souls that would be forever with Him.
The Lord Jesus was eternally the Son of God. He became the Son of Man. He was of low esteem among men. He identified Himself with a little grain of wheat, dying on the cross so that we would be given life. Should this not warm our hearts with deep thankfulness? Should this not solicit a returning love and gratefulness towards the Lord Jesus?
In the Christian life, there is no greater motivator for holy living than gratitude. When we respond with thankful hearts to what the Lord Jesus has done for us, we are motivated to serve Him. Do you want to grow in your Christian walk? Remember what Jesus has done for you, and simmer over with thankfulness for His love. By this we know love, not that we loved Him, but that He first loved us and gave Himself for us. We learn to love Him more by focusing on His love for us with gratitude. Learn to verbally express your gratitude to Him.
As we peer through this picture window of the grain of wheat, we can see another deep application in our lives. The grain of wheat died and lived again to produce much fruit. Jesus died and lives again to give eternal life to many. The gospel is for everyone. The priceless Son of God died for your soul, yes. And He died for other souls as well. They may have life by believing. But how will they believe what they have not heard? How will they hear if no one tells them? Jesus died to give life to many, many souls. Should we not share the gospel with those souls? Have you ever won a soul to Christ? If not, remember that “many, much, and more” are part of why He died. Find ways to tell others about Jesus.
In conclusion, notice the hour in our verses again. How many of your hours will be spoken of after your life is over? Perhaps your wedding day, or an event here or there. The time when the Lord Jesus became like a grain of wheat is an hour that is remembered thousands of years later. It will not be forgotten throughout all of eternity. It will be remembered for all the ages to come. This hour is when the Son of God, like a tiny grain of wheat, died, was glorified, and accomplished a work that would bring many sons to glory. So focus on it, learn to express your thankfulness for it, and learn to share it with everyone you can.
– Nathanael Pena