The Law of the Harvest

Lou Lotz

READ : John 12:20-26

“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (v. 24)

Paleontologists say that the first farmer went into business about 12,000 years ago. Prior to then, human beings had been nomads; when their food source moved, they had to move with it. But the first farmer changed all that. He had witnessed a miracle in nature and had figured out the secret of it. This was the secret: If a single kernel of grain is saved, it remains a single kernel. But if it falls to the ground and dies, it yields a harvest.

What is true of grain is true of life. “Those who love their life lose it,” said Jesus, “and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (John 12:25). You have to die before you can live. You have to give before you can receive. You have to lose your life in order to find it.

The first farmer’s neighbors must have thought he was crazy, taking perfectly good grain and burying it in the earth. Jesus’ contemporaries must have thought he was crazy, taking a perfectly good life and sacrificing it on the cross. But in death, that single kernel yielded a harvest that stretches into eternity.


Lord, thank you for your sacrifice.