Welcome to our online Bible study on John!
— Read: John 19:31-42 —
I didn’t inherit my grandma’s green thumb. But I always loved strolling through her yard. Every corner, every bed had a different arrangement of flowers, a different combination of colors.
Some of my fondest memories are with Grandma’s small pail of tools, digging through the dirt, making tiny rows ready for the seeds. The seeds were a marvel to me. So small, yet so full of promise.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Jesus wasn’t buried in a cemetery or a mass grave (where most people who were crucified were buried).
They buried Jesus’ body in a garden.
“There was a garden in the place where He was crucified. A new tomb was in the garden; no one had yet been placed in it. They placed Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation and since the tomb was nearby.” (John 19:41-42)
Seeds are planted in gardens. And so it is with Christ, whose body becomes the seed for life — real life that never ends, never decays.
Jesus gave His life so that others might live.
And if I’m to follow in His footsteps, I must ask myself: What seeds am I planting today? Am I living, and giving, my life in such a way that others might live?
— Diving Deeper —
How is your life like seed?
In what ways are you “planting” yourself for the sake of others?
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