“He began to teach them that the Son of Man had to suffer much ... be put to death, and rise three days later” (Mark 8:31).
God hollows us out to fill us with new life.
The disciples simply would not allow Jesus to prepare them for His death. They would not accept it. They would not believe that He, whom they had experienced as Lord of Life, was going to be killed-executed as a common criminal. On one occasion, Jesus tried to help them understand by telling this simple, beautiful little parable,
Unless the grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies,
It remains just a grain of wheat. But if it dies,
It produces much fruit (Jn.12:24).
Jesus was trying to help them understand that His death was necessary if there was to be new life. He was trying to help them understand that God works through a process of Death/Resurrection; that this is how God has chosen to bring new life into the world; that unless He dies, they cannot have new life. Unless He dies, they cannot have the fulfillment they have been dreaming about and…
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