The Message of the sower


The story of the Sower is a parable given by Jesus Christ in Matthew 13:3-9 and Luke 8:5-8. The teaching of the parable is that a sower faithfully sows good seed but it lands on varying types of sioil. The fruitfulness of the seed is dependent on the condition of the soil. The soil in the parable is actually depicted in our garden setting: wayside or hard ground (side-walk), rock (gravel path), thorns (roses encircling the statue) and good ground (grass and flowers). 


The seed of the Sower is the gospel. The heart of the gospel are 3 facts: 1) Jesus died on the Cross, 2) Jesus was buried, and 3) Jesus resurrected from the dead (1 Cor. 15:1-3).


Why was Jesus' death on the cross necessary? It was necessary because all peopole have sinned (Rom. 3:23). Sin is when we fail to live to the standard God has established. Our conscience and experience inform us that this is true. When we lie, cheat, steal, lust, covet, hurt, and neglect the things of God we realize that we have sinned (Rom. 3:19-20). Sin requires punishment and that punishment is death and separation from God (Rom. 6:23).


When Jesus died on the cross, He bore the punishment we desrve - He died as our Substitute. In this way, Jesus paid a debt He did not deserve - but you and I owe. Have you believed the gospel and placed your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior? The Bible teaches when you do, God will forgive you and begin to change you into a new person (John 1:12, Eph. 1:7, 2 Cor. 5:17). The degree to which you receive the message of the gospel is an indicator of the condition - or the soil of your heart and mind.