The Sower and the Reaper
The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the Sower in, Matthew 13 verses 36-37:
Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
Jesus is ‘the Sower’ but we know that the way God worked this out was to have His people carry the Word and sow the seed of the gospel all over the earth. God described this process in, Romans 10 verse 15:
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
But in the Old Testament, in the book of Isaiah the prophet, we find a similar verse except it does not say ‘them’ but ‘Him’ in, Isaiah 52 verse 7:
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace;…
We learn from this that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplishes His purposes by working through His people. His people sowed the seed of the gospel during the Day of salvation for this world; but it can be said that Christ sowed the seed. After all, He is the One that moved within them to will and to do of His good pleasure.
God speaks of sowing the gospel in many places, but He also speaks of reaping what has been sown. The Lord tells us that there is a time for both these things in, Ecclesiates 3 verses 1-2 :
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
The time to plant is describing the process of sowing seeds. And the time of plucking up that which (was) planted is describing the process of reaping the fruit that came as a result.
God’s people/Christ did the sowing; but who is it that does the reaping? The Bible tells us the following in, Revelation 14 verses 14-20:
And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
We find that the Lord Jesus Christ (the One seated upon a cloud) is doing the reaping on the Day of Judgment. It’s interesting how the time of reaping is joined together with the blood flowing out of the wine press for 1600 furlongs. We have already understood how there is a good possibility that the 1600 furlongs are typifying 1600 days. And that the 1600 days are the time period for the Day of Judgment. This would mean that the Lord is going about the business of reaping during the entire 1600 days of judgment. Christ is the Reaper, yes, but the Bible also tells us in, John 4 verses 34-38:
Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
In this passage Christ states that “I sent you to reap…” This means He is identifying those that believe in Him, His people, as the reapers. We’re not surprised by this at all. It fits the pattern that God has established for the sending forth of the gospel. He commissioned His people and sent them forth to carry the Word of God to all the earth. They sowed, but since they are the body of Christ, He sowed. Likewise, God uses His people to proclaim the truths of the Word of God in the Day of Judgment. In doing so, they reap (or gather together); but in actuality it is Christ doing the reaping because they are the body of Christ and performing their duties of reaping in obedience to His command.
Christ is the Sower! The elect are the sowers.
Christ is the Reaper! The elect are the reapers.