The Grain of Wheat

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God the Father providing a blessing, by Girolamo dai Libri.

Parable of the Grain of Wheat is an allegory on resurrection given by Jesus in the New Testament (The Gospel of John).

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From John 12:24-26 (KJV)

Verily, verily, I say unto you, еxcept a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

Interpretation[edit]

Jesus drew this parable about resurrection and the kingdom of God from the everyday circumstances of life. His rural audience could easily understand the principle of "resurrection" produced by dead seeds sown into the earth.[1] The image of the grain of wheat dying in the earth in order to grow and bear a harvest can be seen also as a metaphor of Jesus' own death and burial in the tomb and his resurrection.[1]

The Rev. William D. Oldland in his sermon "Unless a Grain of Wheat Falls into the Earth and Dies" said:

This parable is used by Jesus to teach them three things. First, he teaches them that he must die. Secondly, he shows them God is in control. Finally, he shows them that his death has purpose.[2]

The Apostle Paul also says: "What is sown in the earth is subject to decay, what rises is incorruptible" (1 Cor. 15:42).

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