At Jesus’ birth, many people and leaders and religious experts were present—only a few understood what it all really meant. During Jesus’ ministry, many people and leaders and religious experts were actively engaged—only a few understood what it all really meant. And so again at Jesus’ death. We need to personally take hold not just of the facts and events surrounding the crucifixion, but what they truly mean. There is the personal work of the cross and the corporate work of the cross. Christ’s sacrifice is provided to both transform the individual and all mankind. And there’s a powerful lesson for us that although humans see “death” as an end, God uses it as a beginning.
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.