We have been chosen, called, saved and given a new identity because of what Christ did, we are living the resurrected life, because of Him.
I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity.
~ John 12:24-25 (NLT)
Nowadays on Social Media, we see the ‘how it started and how it’s going’ trend (basically stories of transformation), and these stories inspire hope.
In John 12:24-25, Christ painted a similar story of His death and resurrection. But the difference is that with Christ, it is ‘how it’s going and how it’s going to be.’
It was not just about the past, Jesus predicted and showed us the picture of the future, and that is a characteristic of God. God shows the end of a thing from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10, AMP)
We see two things in John 12:24-25
- Moving from one grain to much grain is a miracle of transformation. The seed enters into the soil, breaks down and evolves into a plant. When you hold a seed, you hold the potential for a forest, and given time you will see the forest come out from a seed.
When Christ resurrected, He started operating on a different dimension. Before He died, He was subject to natural laws, but after He died he could walk through walls.
That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said.
~ John 20:19 (NLT)
As long as you take in revelation from God, you will go from glory to glory
- There is a dying process to transformation, a process of letting go. It is not easy to let go. Many of us miss out on our transformation miracle, because we want to hold on to our current state.
To die is to lose control. Christ yielded control to the Father completely. He had the power of God at His disposal, but He said ‘It is not my will.’
We need to come to the point of surrendering to what God has planned for our next level so we can have breakthroughs.
To die is to be vulnerable, and vulnerability is not easy, it is the true test of our trust in God, vulnerability exposed Jesus to public ridicule. (Philippians 2:6-11, TPT)
Sermon excerpt from Sunday sermon by Pastor Boye Oloyede – Sunday 9, April, 2023
Watch this sermon here.