Jesus Died to Bear Fruit
“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” — John 12:24 (ESV)
Spring is a wonderful season when the grass begins to grow, flowers bloom, and the trees bud new leaves. It’s also when we celebrate Easter. The start of spring has so much in common with the Easter story of how Jesus died on the cross and rose again three days later.
First, spring follows winter, when everything was cold and dead. Spring is a spark of new life. And when Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose again, he made it possible for all of us to have new life.
Second, spring is a time for planting. Many crops are planted with the hope that they will grow and produce fruits and vegetables.
To do so, the seeds must be fertilized and watered to take on a new form that sprouts and grows. When we choose to follow Christ, He plants the seed of new life into our hearts. And when we water that seed by reading God’s Word, we sprout and grow to bear spiritual fruit like kindness, caring and love.
Third, spring is a season of warmth and joy. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can know God personally. And one day we can be with Him in heaven forever! This is the greatest joy the world has ever known! And that’s something everyone can share in — whether you are rich or poor.
- What is the Father's promise that Jesus talks about?
- If you believe that Jesus died for your sins, what spiritual fruit do you expect to see in your life? How could it change how you treat your family and other kids you meet?
- Ask your parents if you can plant some flower or vegetable seeds, or even a tree. As your plant grows, think about how it will bear fruit, just as the seed of new life grows inside you to bear good fruit.
- Think of a way you can do something nice for a friend or family member to bring more joy into their life.
- Give thanks to Jesus for being willing to die for you and making it possible for you to have a personal relationship with God.
- Pray that other children all over the world who live in places where God is not known would have the chance to learn about Jesus.