Summary: Jesus spoke of many parables regarding the Kingdom. Jesus in His earthly mission inaugurates the Kingdom. As King He is the embodiment of it. In power He demonstrates it and in truth proclaims it. He breaks through fear bringing freedom and healing.
Jesus spoke of many parables regarding the Kingdom. Jesus in His earthly mission inaugurates the Kingdom. As King He is the embodiment of it. In power He demonstrates it and in truth proclaims it. He breaks through fear bringing freedom and healing. Today let us look at the Kingdom as a mustard seed.
Matthew 13:31-32 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”
In its beginnings the mustard seed is the least of seeds in size and stature. Yet when it’s destiny is fulfilled it becomes great in size and strength.
The Kingdom of Heaven, being a reality on earth started from the least of tribes. God chose a people small in stature and number to reveal Himself to the world. They chose to build their own kingdom, instead of living in the reality of His.
To Israel He said in Deuteronomy 7:6-8 “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
God does everything out of love. He loves all people equally. In ancient times to reveal His love He made a covenant promise to the forefathers of the tribes of Israel. He said to Abraham and to his descendants that He would make them a great nation. A blessing to all people, so that the world may know Him.
Israel’s destiny was to be a holy people. To be a light amongst the nations and as a result reveal His great love, truth and power to all people.
Jesus fulfils the destiny of Israel. He is the glory of Israel and the light of the world, revealing the love of the Father and what His kingdom looks like on earth.
In Jesus’ earthly ministry the Kingdom of Heaven had come on earth. God the Creator of heaven and earth and all things good became human, born of the Holy Spirit, came as a baby. He was from one of the twelve tribes of Israel.
He took on the form of a servant and began His ministry declaring the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. The establishment of God’s right to rule and reign on earth sets the captives free, bringing healing and transformation. This is the heart of the Father.
Luke reveals to us in the book of Acts that God’s Kingdom was the central topic of discussion between Christ and His apostles during the 40 days between His resurrection and ascension.
Acts 1:1-3 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
The realisation of the Kingdom on earth started with Jesus. He imparted everything into the 11 disciples.
Luke 24:33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together,
They are His witnesses to proclaim three key points. 1: It was necessary for Jesus to suffer and rise from the dead. 2: Why? So that people can change their thinking and open up their hearts to receive deliverance from all offences against God and each other and 3: Receive Jesus as their savour and King.
To receive the King is the only pathway of entry. Apart from Him it is impossible to enter into His Kingdom. Reject the king and reject His kingdom. The two are one.
Salvation is only available through faith in Jesus Christ.
Once entered into His kingdom ruling and reigning within begins. The daily journey of letting it take root and go deep into the spirit, intellect, emotion, and ultimately will.
In the surrender of self will to that of the Father’s will, His power and authority becomes established in the hearts and minds of every disciple.