John 12:23,24 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
His first bed a lowly feeding trough, before He could be glorified, The Bread of Heaven must become as a grain of wheat. ("Bethlehem" means "House of Bread") How insignificant seems a grain of wheat, and yet this suggestion is one of the most wonderful in the Word of God. A grain of wheat is so small that it can hardly be held between the fingers without dropping, and yet it is associated with His glory! He must die in order to bring forth fruit. So must we ("daily" as per Lk 9:23), if we are to be like Him. How hard it seems to human pride to become as a grain of wheat and then to die to this world. But listen to the Words of His Testimony and look upon His example. Do we desire to be like Him?
Lord, help us to ponder upon this truth today and long to be more like you. Amen.