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Reading: Luke chapter 13 verses 18 to 30.


• The story is told of a little Jimmy who came home from school;

• And asked his parents ‘the’ question they all dread to hear;

• “Dad, where did I come from?”

• Dad in his wisdom replied; “Good question, go ask your mother!”

• So off he went to find his mother;

• When he found her he said: “Mum, where did I come from?”

• She replied; “Good question, go ask your father!”

• Jimmy replied; “I’ve asked him and he sent me to you!!

• Mum sits Jimmy down and starts to explain the story of the ‘birds and the bees’ etc;

• Very quickly she has explained the facts of life to l Little Jimmy.

• He sat there listening;

• His eyes getting wider and wider, his mouth falls further and further open.

• When she had finished she asked Jimmy; “Does that help?”

• He replied; “No really, my friend Mikey says he is from Portsmouth. Where did I come from?”

• Sometimes you have to know what is behind the question being asked;

• In order to understand the question in the first place.

• The same is true this morning for the questions asked our passage.

• But to each question, Jesus gives a straight answer.

Straight talk about the kingdom

• A subject every first century Jew was interested in was the ‘Kingdom of God’.

• Don’t forget that the Jewish people were a people under Roman oppression.

• And like any oppressed people they desperately wanted their freedom;

• They believed that the freedom they were eager to experience;

• Would ultimately come when the Messiah came.

• He would overthrow their enemies and set up his kingdom – i.e. ‘Kingdom of God’.

Now in this section this evening Jesus asks a couple of questions (verse 18):

• “What is the Kingdom of God like?”

• “What shall I compare it to?”

• The expression “Kingdom of God” is a broad concept that is difficult to define simply.

• In simply means where ‘God the King is ruling’.


• In the Old Testament the Kingdom of God was God ruling in the midst of his people.

• Ill: God was the nations king made them unique but they wanted an earthly king – Saul.


• In the New Testament the Kingdom of God is God ruling in the lives of believers.

• Ill: Jesus taught Luke chapter 17 verse 21: “The kingdom of God is within you (his followers)”.


• In a future day, the Kingdom of God will literally be set up on planet earth (1,000yrs).

• Ill: Lord’s prayer – “Your kingdom come”.

In talking about the ‘Kingdom of God’ to his hearers:

• Jesus uses two illustrations (vs 18 & 20);

• illustrations that have nothing to do with great empires (earthly domains) but with everyday objects.

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