Here is another illustration Jesus used: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.” [Matthew 13:31-32 NLT]
Again Jesus shares a parable using an example from farming.
He speaks of how a small seed becomes something bigger than anyone could have imagined.
It reminds me of something else that Jesus said:
And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. [John 12:23-24]The seed that was planted in the ground was Jesus himself.
And when He was resurrected from death everything changed.
No one hearing him could have imagined the impact that he would have on the world.
Who could have thought that kingdoms would be uprooted and religious thought revolutionized.
No one there saw how lives would be changed just because a seed was sown in the ground.
And, to a lesser degree, we who have had spiritual seeds implanted in us do the same.
I need resurrection today Lord. Help me to deny myself, pick up my cross and follow you.
... this devotion is part of the Red Letters series. Click here to read more.