Summary: The Coming Kingdom of God
Reading: Luke chapter 17 verses 20-37.
Questions:….do you ever wonder why….:
• Superman could stop bullets with his chest, but always ducked when someone threw a gun at him?
• Or if a jogger runs at the speed of sound can he still hear his walkman?
• If the cops arrest a mime, do they have to tell him he has the right to remain silent?
• Why do pubs and bars advertise live bands?
• Why is there only ONE Monopolies Commission?
• What's another word for thesaurus?
• In America, why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?
• Or during WW2 why did kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
• My favourite:
• If a man speaks and there is no woman there to hear him, is he still wrong?
• A friend once asked Isidor I. Rabi, a Nobel prize winner in science,
• How he became a scientist.
• Rabi replied that every day after school his mother would talk to him about his school day.
• She wasn’t so much interested in what he had learned that day,
• But she always inquired; “Isidor, did you ask a good question today?”
• Rabi said, “Asking good questions made me become a scientist.”
• In this passage before us tonight:
• We have two good questions;
• We also have two good answers,
• Although they are not easy answers to digest and understand.
• Question 1: Asked by the Pharisees (vs 20): ‘When will the Kingdom of God be?’
• Question 2: Asked by the disciples (vs37): ’Where will it be?’
• It was the Passover season, party-time!
• And so an excited atmosphere of expectancy pervaded the Jewish people.
• Passover was when the Jews commemorated their deliverance from Egypt
• When they were set free from the slavery to freedom.
• Led by their great leader Moses!
• Ever since that time, the Jews longed for another Moses;
• And especially at this time in their history they longed for someone who would;
• Deliver them from their present bondage of the Roman occupiers.
• Some had hoped that John the Baptist would be that deliverer,
• But he had been imprisoned and then killed.
• And so now the attention has very much been focused on Jesus.
• Who unlike John was able to work incredible miracles as well as preach a good sermon!
• The fact that Jesus was going to Jerusalem excited them all the more.
• Perhaps now, at long last, he would establish the promised kingdom of God!
Verse 20 introduces us to the Pharisees:
• The Pharisees, were not only the top religious leaders of their day;
• They were considered the custodians, the protectors, the guardians of the Law:
• So it was part of their remit and right;
• To check out ‘teachers’ like Jesus.
• It was there job was to make sure no false teachings were being propagated;
• So it was almost expected of them to ask Jesus when He thought the kingdom of God would appear.