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My Song In The Night – 我夜间的歌曲

My Song In The Night – 我夜间的歌曲 
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Day 226

Teaching the Disciples how to Face Death

Text: John 12:24

TEACHING THE DISCIPLES HOW TO FACE DEATH

Jesus was never afraid of death. He knew that His disciples were. Thus, He felt that He must teach them how they are to face death courageously.

Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.”

John 12:24

1. “Most assuredly, I say to you”

a. Jesus had used this phrase a number of times (John 6:26; 10:1).
b. “Most assuredly”
i. This was an assured truth.
ii. One may be very confident and sure.
iii. This word is backed up by the authority and power of the Lord Jesus Christ.
iv. This truth will stand the test of time.

2. The imagery of wheat

a. This would be more easily understood by the Disciples.
b. They had seen many wheat fields.
c. Wheat was made into bread.

3. “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone”

a. The grain of wheat will take time to grow till it is fully mature.
b. But if the wheat remains as a stalk, it abides alone; it is not able to produce other seeds.
c. The wheat must be prepared to die.
d. But when it dies, it will yield other seeds.

4. “But if it dies, it produces much grain”

a. Jesus was comparing life to a grain of wheat.
b. If one is afraid to die, then his life is only of solitary significance.
c. But if one is not afraid to lay down his life, his death can bring about many blessings.

5. Jesus was referring to His own life

a. He was not afraid to fall into the ground and die.
b. But He is assured that His death would not be in vain.
c. Great blessings would come as a result of His death.

经文:约翰福音 12:24

教导门徒如何面对死亡

虽然耶稣从未害怕死亡, 祂知道门徒们心中的恐惧 。因此,祂觉得有必要教导他们如何勇敢地面对死亡。

“我实实在在地告诉你们:‘一粒麦子不落在地里死了,仍旧是一粒;若是死了,就结出许多子粒来。’”

《约翰福音 12:24》

1. “我实实在在地告诉你们”

a. 耶稣用了这句话好几次《约翰福音 6:26;10:1》
b. “我实实在在地”
i. 这是很实在的真理
ii. 人可以很肯定,并且有信心
iii. 这话语有主耶稣的权柄和大能支撑着
iv. 这真理可以承受时间的考验

2. 麦子的意象

a. 门徒们会更容易地理解麦子的意象
b. 他们看过很多麦田
c. 麦也是用来制作面包

3. “一粒麦子不落在地里死了,仍旧是一粒”

a. 一粒麦子需要时间生长及成熟
b. 但如果这粒麦子永远不落地,它仍是一粒;不可以结出更多子粒
c. 这一粒麦子必须肯面对死亡
d. 但当它死后,它会结出更多子粒来

4. “若是死了,就结出许多子粒来”

a. 耶稣把生命和一粒麦子当作比较
b. 如果一个人害怕死亡,他的生命就只有单人的意义
c. 但如果一个人不害怕舍命,他的死可以给很多人带来祝福

5. 耶稣指的是自己的生命

a. 祂不怕落在地里而死
b. 但祂很肯定祂的死不会枉然
c. 极大的祝福将因为祂的死而降临