I recently came across an old Mexican proverb I originally heard many years ago.
“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.”
Mexican activists have used this for a rallying cry for many social and political movements as well as many other groups.
As I read this proverb again I quickly thought of the first century church and the many trials. Paul, an apostle, wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:8-12: “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying around in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who live are constantly being handed over to death because of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you.”
They tried to bury them. They didn’t know they were seeds.
“And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” Jesus