John 4:36 says, “Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvest the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper may be glad together.”
The author of the Gospel of John is said to be the disciple whom Jesus loved (John 13:23). Present in this wonderful Gospel is the witness/testimony of John, a man who lived and walked side by side with Jesus during his time on earth.
The reaper is getting paid, receiving wages. The idea of getting paid represents gathering fruit for eternal life. Its as though the one working (sower), and the one benefiting from the work are able to enjoy and rejoice together.
One sows and another reaps. We reap what we did not labor for; others have labored and we have entered into their labor. Psalms 126:5 says, “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.”
Jesus wanted his disciples to know that the harvest was present, and that they did not have to compete for their share of the harvest. The harvest, or the wages were not material (grain, or money), but a harvest of eternal life.
We translate eternal life from the Hebrew “zoe agonies,” which literally means “life of the age”, but when used here in our text; it means, “life in the age to come.” (Daniel 12:2)
As we reap eternal life, through faith we enter the body of Christ, wherein we exist in a state of blessedness. Eternal life, or life in the age to come is the very life that God has, God’s own kind of life, divine life.
“This is eternal life, that they know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou has sent” (17:3). John does not state that knowing God precedes or is necessary for eternal life, but that knowing God is eternal life.
Father, in the name of Jesus we are thankful, we are grateful, and we are humbled by the fellowship we have with you. Lord, it is food for our hearts and minds to know that our fellowship with you is incorruptible, and cannot be broken; not even by death.
Lord, we praise you! Lord we praise! Lord, we glorify, we magnify, and worship your holy name. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You have been good to us, you have been good to us; we worship and praise your holy name.