By Dave Henning / September 11, 2013

“So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.  Suddenly Jesus was with them.  ‘Greetings,’ he said.” -Matthew 28: 8-9

As John Ortberg begins Chapter 15 (“Sunday”) of  Who is This Man?, he wryly observes that Jesus’s greeting to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary seems a bit understated, although in that day it was a very common, informal greeting.  The author continues by relating he story of a children’s sermon based on Matthew’s account.  Before the pastor could ask how Jesus greeted the women, a little girl answered: “I know.  Ta-da!”

Jesus’s prediction of His death in John 12: 23-24 foreshadows the “ta-da” moment of His resurrection and new life for His followers:

“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.  Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.  But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”

Pastor Ortberg adds that Jesus is telling us we have to sacrifice in order to bring forth a harvest.  We are the seeds.  Pastor Ortberg concludes:

“What got released on Sunday was hope.  Not hope that life would turn out well . . . . Hope that called people to die: die to selfishness and sin and fear and greed, die to the lesser life of a lesser self so that a greater self might be born.”

Today’s question: What harvest have you experienced on your healing journey to revisioning and revitalization of your calling?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Death- the way to life”

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