Life Through Death   1 comment

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Above:  Harvesting Grain

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Jno. 12, 24-5

These Gentiles a first-fruit.  “The hour is come.  Hence he would come into his glory, but by death.  To prepare them for it he speaks the text.

I.  His vital power reached its true worth or influence over men through his death.

1.  Two uses of the grain (a) eat it or leave it alone or (b) plant it.

2.  So with life (a) live for self only; or (b) live for others.

(a)  Selfish men are soon forgotten.

(b)  They live not in a Godly influence.

(c)  Selfishness is sin.  “Who hath this world’s goods, etc.–Jno.”  “Deny himself.”

3.  Hence Christ lived for others.  His death necessary to man’s redemption.  Men value his live through his death.  His death & resurrection are his power over men.

II.  His power through death begets similar lives.

The grain that dies grows the harvest.  Out of his death arises life-giving power.  Hence the church–his body.

We save our lives by losing them in service to others.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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