The Inside Column 8/2

Posted in: The Inside Column- Feb 08, 2015 No Comments

Good morning and a warm welcome to all. If you are visiting with us we would love to get to know you. Please feel free to stay for a hot drink after the service.

We are over the next couple of weeks going to be thinking about the Kingdom of God, how we can live us children of the king, how we can shape the way we see the world through the view of God’s Kingdom. This of course is no small thing, given that the thing Jesus spoke a lot about was the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven.

At the start of his Gospel Mark makes it clear why Jesus came.

14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

 

Jesus used stories or parables to describe what he meant when he spoke about the Kingdom of God, although they are not always easy to understand. The Kingdom of God would grow slowly ‘like mixing yeast into flour;’ the Kingdom of God should be ‘pursued like a treasure that one finds in a field or a rare pearl’. The Kingdom of God will be like a ‘wedding feast for everyone ‘the Kingdom of God is ‘like a king who forgives the debts of his servants and   expects those servants then to forgive the debts of others’. The Kingdom of God is like ‘a master who left his servants in charge of his affairs until the day he returns to see if they have been faithful’.

Many of Jesus’ early followers didn’t understand what Jesus was saying. Jesus’ disciples would often ask him what he was talking about when they were on their own. Jesus’ actions added another layer to his teachings; he demonstrated how “the Kingdom of God has come near.”

He healed the sick, showed compassion on outcasts, and challenged the injustice of religious leaders. Through his actions, Jesus was expressing what it looks like to live in God’s kingdom. Jesus was introducing his disciples to a new way of life in a new kind of kingdom.

The Kingdom of God is not something that Jesus made up. We can see in the great narrative of the Old Testament, God wrestling with the powers that stood against His Kingdom and oppressed his people. God throughout history has called people into His Kingdom, to become children of the One True King, and this is the same calling we have in front of us today.

 

Yours in Christ

 

Philip

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