The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 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.” ’
What is the difference, really, between the tares and the wheat? It’s a serious question. Do you think it might be a matter of who casts the seed? Do you think that it might be that the Lord of Glory, casting that seed out on the ground, and some of it falls on good soil. Who do you think made it good soil? Just happen? The Lord of Glory, Jesus Christ, made it good soil.
The only thing that separates us from the tares, the only thing that makes us get gathered into the barn, as opposed to being cast into the fire, is Jesus. I really do think that at the end of the day all of human history is set out in the one paragraph. Everything else is just incidental. And human history is going to one of two places. Your place is secure in Jesus Christ.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, there are times in this church where the Gospel isn’t preached until we get to the table. This is one of those times. Jesus Christ, the lamb slain before the foundation of the world…His Father chose a people for Him. He sent His Son here to earth, to live a life that we could not…to be obedient to a law that we could not obey because of our sin. And having obeyed that law, as it tells us in Philippians, He became obedient unto death…even the death of the cross. To buy you back from sin and death. To pay a debt you could not pay. To satisfy God’s wrath against sin for you, and for those whom Yahweh had chosen to give to His Son.
There’s a lot of wheat in the Bible. For wheat to be useful, it has to die. For wheat to be useful it has to die so it can become bread. For wheat to useful it has to die so it can be sown and be brought back to life. There are many reasons for the symbolism of using bread. One of them is the fact that Jesus died and is brought back to life, and brings you back to life, because you died with Him.
Paul writes this…
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, Jesus Christ died for your sins, and brings you to new life and resurrection in Him. And thanks be to God!