Gerry & Julie Gutierrez' Update
August 10, 2014
Jesus said: “I tell you the truth unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies it remains only a single seed but if it dies it produces many seeds”. O the need of death!
I'm holding a small grain of wheat in my fingers. I'm going to place it in a beautiful China plate and put it in a safe box. No matter how many years the seed stays in the plate it will remain alone just like a grains of wheat found in the tomb of King Tutankhamen of Egypt. The grains were alive but did not bear fruit but when they were planted they died and sprung up to life and bear fruit as its contemporaries four thousand years later. In order to bear fruit they must fall to the ground decompose with water and dirt then die first and then bear fruit.
In the same way our Lord Jesus spoke about himself and the need to die and resurrect and bear fruit and we are the fruit of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus.
Jesus also said to us, unless we die we will have no life in us. Jesus said to people standing alive in front of him “you have no life in you”. It's one thing to be alive like the kernel of wheat but it is a different thing to have life. Being alive is just to keep the balance between living cells and dying cells.
While the living cells are in greater number than the dying cells in a body, the body is alive, but if the dead cells are in greater in number than the living cells, then the body is dead.
In the spiritual sense, being alive is not determined by the health of the physical body. The reason for our security and joy is that we have life and life is not a concept or the biological definition of life but is a person and that person is Jesus who said “I am the life”.
The only way to have life is to have Jesus. And whosoever is in Christ he is a new creation who no longer lives for self but Jesus in him as the hope of glory to bear much fruit.
In order to be fruitful a believer makes covenants such as marriage and as someone said “Never has the craft of Satan been more at fault than when he seeks to tear apart by violence the union of two divinely welded hearts”.
Beware, for two to become one and bear fruit, they must first die to self and only then they will bear much fruit otherwise they will remain alone. Let us join the priestly prayer of Jesus and become one by death to self.
"All things are a prayer away for them who take Jesus at his word"