A seed, less than a quarter inch in size, placed in the darkness of earth, immediately comes to life drawing power from the soil and the sun. Shortly vines, leaves and a flower appears. The flower produces a body imaginatively coloured green and white which can grow to several feet in diameter. The rind casing encloses red, sweet fruit filled with hundreds of black seeds. Each seed can draw through itself energy over 200,000 times its weight in reproducing another watermelon. That’s the power of God.

In comparably more power is the “seed that is Christ,” Galatians 3:16. Seeds produce after their kind. The “Christ seed” may first appear in Genesis 3:15 as the “seed of woman.” This is a very strange passage because neither the serpent (Satan) nor Woman has a seed within them that can produce an offspring. Only a male has a seed, while the woman has an egg though which she bears a child.

So the “seed” in this passage most likely is a spiritual seed which is the origin of a succession of seeds through the course of history ending in Jesus Christ, Galatians 3:16. This lineage passes through generations – Genesis 5 – from Seth to Noah and on through Abraham, David and his successive generations culminating in you and I. “…you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;” 1 Peter 1:23. And like the watermelon we are many coloured.

By Gordon Kler