“He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man.” Matthew 13:37. Christ had come, not as a king, but as a sower; not for the overthrow of kingdoms, but for the scattering of seed; not to point His followers to earthly triumphs and national greatness, but to a spiritual harvest to be gathered after patient toil and through losses and disappointments.
The Pharisees perceived the meaning of Christ’s parable, but to them its lesson was unwelcome. The multitude wondered about the purpose of the new teacher, whose words had so strangely moved their hearts and so bitterly disappointed their ambitions. The disciples had not understood the parable and they came to Jesus and asked for an explanation.
This was what Christ wished. He explained the parable to them, as He will make plain His word to all who seek Him in sincerity of heart. Those who study the word of God with hearts open to the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, will not remain in darkness as to the meaning of the word. “If any man willeth to do His will,” Christ said, “shall know of the teaching whether it be of God, or whether I speak from Myself.” John 7:17
All who come to Christ for a clearer knowledge of the truth will receive it. The Holy Spirit will unfold the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, and these mysteries will be understood by those who want to know the truth. A heavenly light will shine into the soul temple. And we will know.
“The sower went forth to sow.” In the East there was great danger from violence that the people dwelt chiefly in walled towns, and they went forth daily to their labour in the fields outside the walls.
So Christ, the heavenly Sower, went forth to sow. He left His heavenly home of security and peace, left the glory that He had with the Father before the world was, left His position upon the throne of the universe. He went forth, a suffering, tempted man; went forth in solitude, to sow in tears, to water with His blood, the seed of life for a world lost.
Likewise His followers must go forth to sow. When the apostle Paul, praying in the temple at Jerusalem, a message came from God, “Depart; for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.” Acts 22:21.
So those who are called to unite with Christ must be prepared to leave all, in order to follow Him. Old associations must be broken up, plans of life relinquished, earthly hopes surrendered. In toil and tears, in solitude, and through sacrifice, must the seed be sown. And a harvest is promised.