BYM ONLINE DESK Blessing English Emagazine March 2020 - Page 4

produces many seed. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (Jn 12:24,25). Jesus compared Himself to a seed. It was hard for Him to fall to the ground and die. He wanted the cup of suffering to be taken away from Him. Nevertheless, He submitted Himself to the Father's will. From His Father's hand He fell to the ground. Rather, His Father dropped His darling Child to the ground, to the dirty slushy soil where He was mistreated, spit upon and abused. He died a cruel death. He cried, “Father, why have you forsaken Me?” But the miracle started after His death. He put out root and shoots and started bearing fruit by the millions. Oh, how we love our lives! We are one with the world. Jesus also lived on this world and ate and drank. But He never once allowed the world to master Him. Let us follow His lifestyle. “Love not the world or anything in the world,” says John (1 Jn 2:15). How we have fallen in love with the things of the world our jobs, our salary, our qualification, our clothes, our jewels, our houses, our cars, our lovers! The list is endless. Why should we not love the world? “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever” (v17). So what is the will of God for us? He wants us to fall to the ground and die so that we may die and live forever. But we refuse. Those who let themselves fall to the ground will grow root. Jesus humbled Himself, took the form of a bonded labourer and became obedient to the point of death (Phil 2 : 5-8). Now let's see the journey of the Seed. Genesis 3:15, “I will put enmity between your seed and her Seed.” When Jesus the Seed, fell to the ground from heaven, satan was horrified because he knew when the Seed died, He would produce many seeds. He tried to kill Baby Jesus through Herod's wicked scheme. It is this terror that brought satan to the wilderness to tempt Jesus and thwart His plans for the redemption of the world. He came as an angel of light offering glamorous things to Jesus. He was offering Jesus a shortcut to achieve His Messianic goal. Through Peter He was discouraged from death on the cross. He was rebuked. Jesus immediately recognized it as a ploy of satan and scolded Peter. Probably in the Garden of Gethsemane too He told Jesus that there was still hope of escaping the cross by asking the Father to remove the cup. But Jesus was firm on executing the Father's will. The devil made one last attempt when Jesus was convulsing in agony on the cross, asking Him to come down and make a display of His power so that all those who were there could believe that He was the Son of God. Was it not a temptation to a man writhing in pain? But Jesus denied Himself | March 2020 | Page 04