In 1985, John Cusack starred in Better Off Dead. While this movie would be considered politically incorrect today for making fun of suicide, some high schools are now using this film in Sociology classes. The idea for the title is based upon lonely and suicidal individuals who think that it would be better if they were dead. The rationale is that killing yourself will make those who never noticed your existence feel bad through guilt and shame.
Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds, John 12:24.
This concept also applies to the first century. Sometimes in the late 20’s, early 30’s AD, Jesus began to share God’s grand design to his disciples. Essentially, Jesus would be better off dead, needing to die once and for all, for all sin. This message didn’t go over well as in the back of their minds, the disciples thought Jesus would become an earthly king. Perhaps, this confusion and disappointment with Jesus might explain their actions following his betrayal and death. John was the only disciple who wasn’t afraid to be seen with or associated with Jesus. Beside Judas Iscariot who thought he would be better off dead, committing suicide, the other remaining ten men went into hiding.
Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life, John 12:25.
Since Jesus spoke in parables, only the discerning were able to figure out the point Jesus was trying to make. Maybe John was the only one who understood the kernel analogy. Nonetheless, the Bible exists today so that we can be certain of this life and the afterlife. So if you too are fearful or worried about dying, remember you have to pass before you can be reunited with believers who have already entered the grave. In case you’re still up in the air, make your reservation for heaven today, 1 John 5:13. When you do, you might come around to embracing the notion of being better off dead.
by Jay Mankus