God designed creation with redemption in mind. Thus He did not plan the resurrection of Christ with seed-time and harvest in mind. Rather, He planned seed-time and harvest with the resurrection in mind. That is, He wanted all of creation to speak of His plans and help us understand those plans.
God intended to plant Himself as a seed in the creation and to spring to new life – which would be shared with all of us. He knew we would sin at the beginning of creation and therefore His redemption was planned to overcome that sin.
As Jesus said in John 12:24 unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” God did not want to remain by Himself alone. Therefore, He gave up His own life that He might have a new life with us. Thus, when Jesus went on to say in John 12:25 “He who loves His life shall lose it; and he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal” He was talking first and foremost about Himself. He hated His life without us. He gave up His royal existence that He might have a new royal existence through us. Thus He created the identity of Christ that He might take on that identity and rule a new creation – one that has power over sin and death.
We live in that new creation. He is the spreading tree in who branches we rest. But remember that He had first been a seed in order to become that tree.
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The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.
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