If it Dies | Week 2

John 12:20-26

After some Greeks came to see Jesus, he knew that “the hour was at hand” and spoke a proverb that is as true for our lives as it was for his.  Indeed, it seems written into the very code of life: “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies it remains a single seed, but if it dies it produces many seeds.”  There are many today who speak of discipleship, of re-producing our lives in someone else, but according to Jesus, discipleship comes only after one has died to himself, only after he has lost himself in a message or a cause that is larger than himself.  Yet there are many, as Fenelon said, “who want to die, yet attend their own funeral.”  The call of Jesus is to recklessly abandon our own agendas and to “be with him wherever he is.”  This sermon will call us to do our best work in secret, to “preach, die and be forgotten” as Zinzendorf put it.

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