Thank you for participating in these past six weeks of study on the parables of Jesus and the Kingdom of God. I trust for those of you who read, reflected and prayed that the study was beneficial and strengthening for your walk with Jesus.
Jesus began his ministry by saying, “The Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe this good news.” (Mark 1:15) What Jesus taught, how Jesus lived, when he demonstrated power over the natural or spiritual world, it was a demonstration of the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is real. The Kingdom of God is near. He lived in constant contact with God’s Kingdom.
Living in the Kingdom of God was no more important than in the last week of Jesus’ live. This is Holy Week, the week that Jesus moved from the triumphal entry of Palm Sunday, through the many confrontations at the temple, to the Last Supper in the Upper Room, to the Garden of Gethsemane, the arrest, the trial, the crucifixion, and the burial. The appearance was that the Kingdom of God had lost to the Kingdom of man. It appeared that the reality of death was the final word over life. If these appearances were true, then why worry about the Kingdom of God? Why worry about a life after life? Why not live for one’s self laying up treasures for oneself and enjoying all the perks that come with it in this life?
Then came Easter! The appearance of the triumph of the kingdom of man over the Kingdom of God was ended. The reason to lay up treasures in heaven where moths don’t corrupt and thieves don’t break in and steal (Matt. 6:19, 20) is because heaven is for real, the Kingdom of God is real and it does and will triumph over the kingdom of this world. Easter is the exclamation point on all Jesus taught and did. Easter is the symbol of the hope we have that we too shall rise and join our Lord in all eternity.
The Kingdom of God is near and Jesus’ resurrection proved it is real. The challenge is not with the Kingdom of God but with our learning to access and live in that Kingdom as did Jesus. May the weeks that are ahead open a door for you to live in the power of the resurrection and in the presence of the risen Lord. God bless you.