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“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” — John 12:24
The Easter story, one that is told with great passion year after year, is celebrated as a time when, over two thousand years ago, Jesus died for the sins of humankind. As with all stories found in the Bible, this one has a literal meaning and it has a spiritual meaning. The majority of Christians, having come to believe that God can punish the sinner with eternal damnation, celebrates the literal story as a sign that God’s love is so great that He has given us the opportunity to escape the fires of hell by sacrificing His only son.
To those who base their understanding on God as unconditional love, we see a deeper meaning to this story, one that is in keeping with the principle of growth and new life that we see expressed in Jesus’ above statement on the grain of wheat.
The Easter story contains five important elements: 1: the arrest, 2: the trial, 3: the execution, 4: the resurrection, and 5: the ascension. When you set a goal for some greater good in your life, it is usually a matter of time before you are, like Jesus, arrested by negative thoughts and appearances. You are put on trial, and are challenged to hold fast, as Jesus held fast, to your vision of greater good unfolding. You must totally let go, die to the old fears and attitudes that have kept you from moving into your freer life. From this death, this letting go, the new is born and a resurrection occurs. As your new life unfolds, you ascend into a higher state that is reflected in your body, mind and circumstances.
This resurrection principle applies to the simple, daily needs of your life and it applies to your life as a whole, this spiritual journey of your ever unfolding consciousness. To bury a seed in the ground gives the appearance that nothing new will come of it. But we know that it is only a matter of time before the seed dies to its former self and emerges as something greater and much more productive.