Week 28, day 5
Week 28, day 5
July 15, 2022
Scripture: Luke 13
“Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.” Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”” (Luke 13:18–21)
These parables serve an important reminder of the nature of the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom starts small and works its way mysteriously and powerfully.
Consider with me the start of the kingdom. It began with a ragtag group of disciples who were following Jesus of Nazareth. Many would-be messiahs have come and gone before and after Jesus. We know little to nothing about most of them. But this mysterious Jesus was crucified, and rose from the dead. The seemingly inconsequential man, died before his movement gained any real steam. Squelched out by the powerful king, right? The crucifixion killed the movement, right….?
No! Jesus’ kingdom wasn’t stopped at the crucifixion. It was the catalyst of its launch. The Kingdom is working like yeast in a big batch of dough. The burial of Jesus into the ground was the yeast into the dough. It’s working it’s way throughout creation, through and through. It’s working its way through you. This is the resurrection life. As the dough rises, so does Christ and his kingdom.
This incredible kingdom, that spans the globe, started with one man, on a hill far away. Today, the kingdom is right before you, working its way into our community, our hearts, our lives. It’s like that tree, in your front yard, with all the birds in it. It started small, and now many find their life, rest and food from it. Life is raised from Jesus death and resurrection.
The Kingdom is here, repent and believe this good news!
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Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.