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The Mystery of the Kingdom

January 20, 2011


Matthew 13:10-17; Mark 4:11; Luke 8:10

Jesus taught His disciples to pray “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”, in what we call the Lord’s prayer or the model prayer (Matthew 6:10). The word kingdom is used 163 times in the N.T. and 129 of those occurrences are in the gospels, so it is obviously an important theme. Many of Jesus’ parables deal with the kingdom.

Jesus spoke in parables because the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven are too precious to be revealed and then trampled on by an unbelieving world (Matthew 13:11; Matt. 7:6). Mysteries must be revealed by God to be understood. Often eyes are blind and ears are shut (Matt. 13:13-15).

The word kingdom contains a word that gives us an understanding of what Jesus was declaring. A kingdom presupposes a KING! In our country we are more familiar with the term “president”. When Pilate questioned Jesus about His identity, Jesus said that He was a king and His kingdom was not of this world (John 18:33-38).

Our real citizenship as believers is in heaven and Jesus is our king (Phil. 3:20). When Pilate asked the Jews who they wanted to release they cried out Barabbas!!; they said they had no king except Caesar (Matt. 27:20; John 19:15). They couldn’t see the Savior. Faith is needed to see the unseen (2 Corinthians 4:18). They refused to come to Jesus (John 5:40).

One of the shortest and most memorable prayers was prayed by a thief right before he died. While on the cross, this thief recognized that Jesus was innocent and he was guilty. He asked to be part of Jesus’ kingdom! Jesus made a wonderful promise to the thief; the very day of his death he would be with Jesus in paradise or heaven!  (Luke 23:40-43) At the end of the age we are living in, angels will be sent to separate the unrighteous from the righteous. Then the true children of the kingdom will be seen and known (Matthew13:40-43).

Jesus said that His kingdom does not come in a visible way (Luke 17:20). The kingdom of God is wherever the king is. Jesus walked and shared the truths of the kingdom while on earth and most missed it! When we trust Jesus to save us from our sins He comes to live within us. He is our king, our heart should be His throne!

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