Judson's Legacy

Kernel of Wheat


“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”—John 12:24

When a passage of Scripture is personally and directly brought to my attention repeatedly in less than 24 hours, it would be reckless for me not to take heed.

Lying in bed one recent evening, I randomly picked up a nearby book that had been given to me around the time of Judson’s death and for the first time, began to read it.  Not far into the first chapter, I stopped dead in my tracks as I read John 12:24 in relation to the legacy of a man who had passed away in 1996; through his death multiple seeds of faith and hope were being sown.  Until then, I had not noted this verse from this perspective before.  I read it again and again, wondering the context, curious as to the direct or indirect reference, but also somehow filled with tremendous hope that God might be speaking about his ability to redeem someone’s death by powerfully using it for his kingdom. 

The very next morning in a conversation with a friend from church, she mentioned the exact same verse.  After all the pondering I had done about those words the night before, I stood there baffled that she had just referenced John 12:24 in relation to my journey and the life of Judson.

Later that day, in the early afternoon, I opened my front door and discovered a gift and card from a another friend who was remembering the second anniversary of Judson’s homegoing.  When I opened the card, hand written on the top left was John 12:24. 

My tears began to flow.

Compelled to look up the passage, I discovered that Jesus was actually predicting his own death; the horrible crucifixion that awaited him would lead to the redemption of many souls—the Great Kernel producing many seeds.

In a week of brokenness commemorating the death, memorial service, and burial of my Judson, it spoke hope to my heart on multiple levels, particularly that even the tiniest of seeds can be united with Christ in his mission, death, and resurrection.

5 Responses to "Kernel of Wheat"

  1. Robyn says:

    Jud’s seeds have spread far and wide throughout this world, sharing the promise of our Saviour with many people. God is continuing to use Jud to spread his Good News and promise of reunion in heaven. Blessings.

  2. Chrissy says:

    Wow! Even after losing three precious people in my life in two and a half years, I’ve never come across this verse before. Thank you.

  3. Michal says:

    Amen! Oh absolutely! You are working with the Sower and death has been swallowed up in victory! The harvest for the kingdom will be great. I know it is already!

  4. aunt sue says:

    Blessings Christy,

    That verse is also speaking to me personally about daily dying to self. The last few days I have not died to self. I have wanted my own way and grappled with the flesh. It’s only when I die to self that fruit and multiplication come. A daily yielding . . .

  5. debbie mceachern says:

    Thank you for sharing that verse. That is very uplifting and helps to give some perspective to our lives and what God is doing. I’m so glad you are openly sharing your grief and loss of Judson. It is really helping me and others. Judson is bringing people to the Lord-that tiny little seed has brought me so much comfort. I’m so thankful to have found your article in the Biola magazine and your blogs. I don’t know what I would do without them. Thank you again…..Debbie

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