Originally posted Friday, June 25, 2010
“And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.” Mark 8: 34-35
It is an incredible thing to find in the natural world, that when an animal or plant dies that it brings life. There is a natural process that has existed since God first created plants and animals on earth.
Every living thing on this planet needs some form of sustenance to live. There is nothing that lives that cannot live without sustenance. We all need food and nourishment of some sort. For us as human beings, whether you are a vegetarian or not, we need to eat. Our food comes from many different sources. Some of it is from the meat of animals and some from harvested fruits and vegetables. I absolutely enjoy having a nicely prepared steak on occasion. The cow from which that steak came had to eat grass and other plants to fully grow to become the delicious steak on my plate. It’s sustenance comes from the grasses that it feeds on. And even that grass needed sustenance to thrive. Where does the grass receive it’s sustenance? Where did it receive its nutrients?
Any farmer can tell you this but when a living thing dies and as it decays and decomposes it’s body composition begins to break down and it soon becomes a part of the earth as nutrients. These nutrients are absorbed by the grass and plants. As these plants grow they become the food for the animals we depend on for food. Those nutrients that started from the death of a plant or animal soon become our life as we consume them in our food.
And so it is in the spiritual as well. In order to bring life to others, we must die. It is a spiritual process. It is a a spiritual law.
We were spiritually dead until Jesus Christ died for us. And only until we had “consumed” his flesh and blood did we have life. This was a hard saying for some people in Jesus’ day because many thought he was literally referring to His physical body as food for them. They thought He was referring to cannibalism! Because of that, many stopped following Him. They failed to see that God had sent the Source of all life to this planet to become the spiritual sustenance for each and everyone of of us to live — in spirit! Jesus Christ is the spiritual food we need to live.He was the firstfruits of God’s seed and sustenance.
That life that was in Him, the sustenance that he carried in His life, was released to all mankind upon His death. He died in the flesh, but He also died spiritually to this world. Without consumption, or acceptance of His life-giving sustenance, we will die. We must accept Him. We must understand that in His death, He has given us life. And for us to now pass on that life that is in Him, we must also die to this world. We must also give up all the lusts of the flesh, the pride of life, and the pursuit of worldly things.
He carried His Cross up Calvary’s Hill to die. He died to all things to give life. We must do the same.
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