And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
Jesus is this seed. He was planted in the earth 2,000 years ago—this seed, this Word that became flesh, hung on a tree and then fell into the tomb, being sown into the ground. Then a blade came out of the ground—resurrection life. This one life was the first sign of new life for humanity. A new human was revealed, and this new life gave hope to all of humanity. All of the Roman empire was not fixed overnight. Suffering still occurred. Tears still fell from babies’ eyes the morning that Jesus rose from the grave. The earth’s problems had not left—brokenness and sin still resided, but in the middle of all this, a green blade appeared.
This green blade is no longer just a blade. The effect of this seed, God’s Kingdom on the earth, can be seen everywhere. Yes, a kingdom of darkness is still present, but the light has been growing ever since that day. Yes, there are still weeds in amongst the wheat, but the effect of this first seed can now be seen as a great harvest all around us.
In a time where we can be self-focused on individual salvation—or our own micro-harvest of righteousness—we need to be reminded that, because this first seed was laid into the ground, God’s Kingdom will come to full growth in this earth. Jesus is and was that first seed, and because he was laid in that ground we know that God’s Kingdom will triumph. Victory was won on that day. We have already won. The harvest will come, and He will return to enjoy the fruits of this harvest. He will enjoy us forever, and we will enjoy Him forever.
It is so important to know you are part of this first seed—as you say yes to Him, you are not just your micro-harvest, but you can rest in the truth that first seed has been growing since that day and will continue to grow all by itself. The disciples saw that; the early church fathers saw that; throughout history, believers have seen the effect of this first seed. And now today we are living in this Kingdom. Rest today in the knowledge that because He was that first seed, it will produce a macro-harvest. We are part of this, and it is not reliant simply on us—it rests in the power of that first seed, Jesus Christ.
// Pastor Josh Kelsey