“What a foolish question! When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn’t grow into a plant unless it dies first.

Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength.”

1 Corinthians 15:36, 43 NLT



For more than 200 years Africans in America have been under attack. From 1619 when the first kidnapped Africans were brought to Jamestown to be sold as slaves, 20 million Africans were kidnapped, tortured and loaded on ships like animals. Half of them died in the middle passage. This was more than the number of Jews who died in the horrific holocaust. But for some reason there’s not much mention of those 10 million murdered Africans kidnapped and brought to America.

Even though many of our ancestors were brutally murdered and buried in between the Atlantic Ocean and the red dirt in the south, our oppressors didn’t take into consideration that they were burying seeds.

We are the trees of seeds that were sown. I was talking to my son Omari and I told him that I was just checking on my seed. He said, “Dad that just doesn’t sound right.” I then tried to explain that the analogy of seeds was made popular by the Wu Tang Clan when they said,”If I die then my seeds will be ill like me!” He said, “Yeah, but they were talking about future children I’m no longer a seed!” Point well taken.

Neither are you a seed once you’ve gone through transition.

The apostle Paul was asked what kind of body would we have once we died. Paul uses the analogy of a seed to say that when a seed goes in the ground it dies and becomes something greater.

  1. In order to become more we must die first. In his most recent album, Jay Z has a song where he tells himself that he has to die so that he can become his better self. Millions of Africans died so we could make America great. God took the blood of Africans, Indians, and Mexicans to grow a country out of the atrocities of oppression and racism. What was meant for our bad turned out for our good. Like Joseph told his brothers who sold him into slavery, “You meant it for evil but God worked it out for my good!”
  2. We have to die to self. Our bodies are buried in brokenness but they are raised in strength. When we are in Christ we were crucified with him, buried with him and resurrected with him. When we come to Christ we are broken but when we die in him we are raised with a new body. That new body comes after death and regeneration. 
  3. We were buried in weakness but raised in strength. The minority is now becoming the majority. The seeds that were buried have grown. Only God could take the atrocities of slavery and birth inventors, doctors, lawyers, judges, architects, civil right leaders, activists, athletes, movie stars, authors, playwrights, and our 44th President. But 4:44 track one had to happen before 44 could be elected.  


Dear God,

We have endured much pain, sorrow, and death as a people. Many seeds have been sown. The ground cries out from the blood that has been spilled on American soil. Now raise up your people and make manifest your glory! Tell Pharaoh to let your people go!  Provide for those who grieve in Zion– bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. We will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen