Death to Life

Death to Life

March 25

JOHN 12:20-33

Incalculable power is wrapped in how God relentlessly redeems the story when it seems death has the last word. What to us looks like the end is only the beginning. Such is the story of our salvation Jesus prepares for his death. God is masterful at turning the story of death to life.

We see it paralleled in creation. The cones of the lodgepole pine growing in the west only open, dropping their seed when exposed to very high heat—like that of a forest fire. So their seeds are only scattered in what seems like the end. In fact, it’s only the beginning of not just another, but more life. God’s storytelling.

Jesus knew what he was doing, who it was for, and ultimately where it would lead. His eyes were on the cross, but he saw further—to his bodily resurrection, and the resurrection of our hearts in him.

Will you show us, O God, the seeds of new life you are growing in us? AMEN.

About the Author

Jim Lane  |  My greatest joy is my family—our children, Isaac, Rachel, Eli, and Moriah, and my wife and best friend of 26 years, Sara. I’ve been in ministry since way back—since I had hair—and currently serve as associate pastor at Hope Covenant Church in Chandler, Arizona. I’m blown away by grace, humbled by the chance to serve, and thankful for all things green and brown and mountainy and trail-ish. I’m fervent in my belief that formational practices are key in a world such as this to quieting our souls from all of the clamor—to hearing and connecting with God. I believe in the underseen being seen. I love to be with the fam and to run, hike, and camp. When I am not doing those things (even when I am doing those things!), I am loving good food, good friends, good music (don’t get me started), and authenticity.

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