Seed of Christ
Let us consider the first command that God gave man in Genesis 1:28
Pronounce in Hebrew as paw-raw’, Strong ref #H6509 : Orig: a primitive root; to bear fruit (literally or figuratively):–bear, bring forth (fruit), (be, cause to be, make) fruitful, grow, increase.
The first command that God gave us was to bear fruit, not in the sense of multiplying but in the sense of a branch that bear fruit to the glory of the tree. God said that He created us in His image and in His likeness, and from the beginning we have been called to bear witness of that. Fruit that will bring glory to God. In Ephesians 2:10 we have been “re-created” in Christ Jesus to do the good works that God intended from the beginning. Likewise Jesus said that we will receive power from above to be a witness unto Him, it is the fruit that witness of the tree.
A seed produce after its own kind. When we sow a seed, we expect a harvest of what we sowed. Likewise, Jesus sowed with an expectancy to harvest what He sowed.
In considering the end of days when Jesus will come to harvest, we, if we want to be part of what is harvest, should ask ourselves what is Jesus expecting to harvest on the basis of what He sowed. For He said that He will only harvest that what He sowed. Jesus explained the harvest in Matthew 13:29-30 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’ Jesus said that at the end He will only reap that what He sowed.
If then we want to be within the harvest at the end, we must know what Jesus sowed so that we can produce in like manner. The question we need to answer, is what did Jesus came to do, we are not asking what He did, nor how He prepared the soil, but the question is what did He sow? Only if we can, with no uncertainty, know what Jesus sowed, can we know what He expect to harvest.
So what did Jesus sow?
In considering the Gospel, we read about the acts that Jesus performed. Miraculous signs and wonders, we read about His Words of guidance and how He trained the disciples, but what did He sowed.
To answer the question, we need to consider John 17:18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. The Father send His Son into the world. The word send is the same word used for sow. So we can paraphrase the word as the Father send (sown His Son as a seed) to produce fruit to the glory of the Father, so have we been send (sown by Jesus as a seed) to produce fruit, of the same kind, to the glory of the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.
The word used in Hebrew is Pronounce: shaw-lakh’, Strong: #H797 : Orig: a primitive root; to send away, for, or out (in a great variety of applications):–X any wise, appoint, bring (on the way), cast (away, out), conduct, X earnestly, forsake, give (up), grow long, lay, leave, let depart (down, go, loose), push away, put (away, forth, in, out), reach forth, send (away, forth, out), set, shoot (forth, out), sow, spread, stretch forth (out).
Jesus was send into the world with one purpose, to show the Father, but in particular to show the love the Father have for us. When the Father send (sown) His Son into this world the harvest He expected was the obedient love of a Son, that would accumulate to the point of saying “not My will be done, but Thy will be done” in order to show the love of the Father to the world.
Jesus the Messiah came into the world to show us the love of our Father. He talked about it, but then at the harvest time, He presented Himself acceptable, likewise the fruit for the harvest is not measured in growth but in the fruit it produce. In like manner, it is only once the fruit become visible that you can say that what was planted bear fruit. Jesus remind us of the mentioned in Matthew 21:19 NKJV And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away.
If we say that Jesus was sown (as a seed or branch) as a expression of the Fathers Love, and that He beard the fruit of love on Calvary. Then we must acknowledge that Jesus came as a seed sown by the Father to bear fruit to confirm the Fathers Love, and Jesus said that as the Father send Him as a seed, sow He is sending us as a seed to produce fruit that will witness unto Him just as He witnessed unto the Father. The fruit is a witness of the seed that was sown, the bible said that you will know them by their fruit. Matthew 12:33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.
Likewise the fruit that is visible in our lives will witness concerning the tree, the seed within. The Father gave us the promise that by the power of the Holy Spirit, if we submit, we will be able to produce fruit that will witness unto Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the seed that was sown into our hearts, that produce fruit to the glory of the Father and Jesus Christ. If the fruit as a witness of Jesus can’t be seen within the life of His followers. The messages of the Good News is without substance that can proof that the seed was sown. We can talk about the fruit that is produced by the seed, but we have no proof within us to witness concerning that seed.
Jesus came to destroy the work of the enemy, not by hating but by loving, He witness concerning the nature of the Father, that is love. Love, that is, sharing the love of the Father, as the weapon of choice. But love is like the bread and the fish, there is never enough until you start sharing. It is when we allow the love of Christ to be released through us, that it can be multiplied. Jesus said in Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Even a very small light, bring light in the darkness. The way we live our life before people should witness about Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and the love of the Father demonstrated through His Son.
There is a true story told about a missionary who went to an island to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. As he tried to tell them the Good News, the people on the island said that they knew Jesus as he lived with them on the island, but he was not crucified, he died and they buried him. On investigation the truth came to light, a previous missionary send to the island, lived his life in such a way that they saw Jesus in Him.
In considering the testimonies of unbelievers who came to know the Lord through personal experience, what touched them, was the love of Jesus Christ. Love that forgave and embrace, a love that do not consider achievement, but surrender. If we want to be agents of change we need first to be transformed by the love of Christ so that we can bring change through love. We tend to look through eyes of success, a worldly perspective and think that people will follow because we represent success. But if we consider the bible, John the baptizer, did he represent success?. What about our Lord and Savior, did He represent success? If not, why did the multitude come to hear from Him, but only a few chose to follow Him.
When the disciples seemed to think that the time has come, and that the people are ready to receive Jesus as their king, a seemingly success story, Jesus refused and continue to proclaim the Kingdom. So the question once more, is the Kingdom that Jesus proclaimed a worldly view of success? No Jesus proclaimed that the Kingdom of God is at hand, or the Rule of God is at hand, how did it came about, through the ultimate expression of love, Jesus being crucified. The Kingdom of God is not about preaching but expressing God’s will, and that is love. Is not the greatest commandment to love the Lord thy God with all of your being and your neighbor as yourselves.