Bible reading plan: Perishing and Fruit 100 Fold
After Esther determines that she will go and talk to the king no matter the cost (if I perish I perish, Esther 4:16), the story plays out to show more than merely the salvation of the Jews. In addition, “many from the peoples of the country declared themselves Jews, for fear of the Jews had fallen on them.” (Esther 8:17)
Jesus words ring true, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24) Esther’s willingness to perish results in fruit 100 fold. Her story calls us to the same willingness to pursue God’s Great Commission. And the reason her story (and ours) produces fruit is because of the greater Esther who was not only willing to perish but did. Jesus’ death brings life to those who are willing to perish for His sake and His mission’s sake.