In 1985 Michael J. Fox plays Marty McFly, a high school student who becomes friends with a mad scientist played by Christopher Lloyd. When Doc Brown creates a time machine out of a Delorean, Michael J. Fox races into the past to save his friends life in Back to the Future. When his interactions alter the course of his families history, Marty has to convince his father George who is a teenager at the time to ask his mother Lorraine to the dance where they first kissed. After a band member gets hurt, Marty steps in to set the mood so that this moment occurs. Before leaving to return to the future, Marty shares a song that hadn’t been introduced to this generation, referring to this as an oldie, but goodie.
I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone [just one grain, never more]. But if it dies, it produces much grain and yields a harvest, John 12:24.
One of Jesus’ disciples recalls a special message within his gospel. During Passion Week, Jesus’ final week on earth before suffering, dying on a cross and rising again, the passage above was first spoken. Jesus is providing a foreshadowing of his future fate. While the disciples were oblivious to this comment at the time, Jesus knew this was his destiny, John 3:16-17. Just as a grain of wheat must die to yield a harvest, the son of God paid the price for all of mankind’s sin, Colossians 2:13-15. This is a promise for all generations.
The one who loves his life [eventually] loses it [through death], but the one who hates his life in this world [and is concerned with pleasing God] will keep it for life eternal. 26 If anyone serves Me, he must [continue to faithfully] follow Me [without hesitation, holding steadfastly to Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me]; and wherever I am [in heaven’s glory], there will My servant be also. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him, John 12:25-26.
In the passage above, Jesus explains the way to eternal life. However, this theory goes against what people are taught, from early education to pursuing a career. Like the line in the movie Cars “turn right to go left,” Jesus proclaims those who hate life on earth will keep it in heaven. Initially, this concept is hard to grasp. Yet, as you meditate, pondering these words, its clear you have to give before you receive. Until you develop a servant’s heart, putting others before yourself, human nature will pull you toward pleasing your selfish desires. Thus, as Easter Sunday approaches, may you long for a faith without hesitation, holding steadfast to God’s promises in the Bible no matter what happens in this life.
by Jay Mankus