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September
13
2020

Small Beginnings

Some of the biggest household names of products that we use everyday are companies that had very small beginnings.  Most family owned businesses only last a couple of generations and then there are very few that last more than three generations. When it comes to nations, governments or kingdoms they rise and fall. Jesus teaches that his kingdom-the kingdom of God can be compared to a mustard seed that has small beginnings and yet when it is fully grown it will be like no other.  Please read Mark 4:30-34. Jesus stimulates his audience by asking a question to get them to thinking, and then he uses something that is known for its smallness, a mustard seed. There are other seeds that are smaller than mustard seed’s but his audience knows this seed and how small it is. For us we probably would be familiar with the acorn and the mighty oak tree. When it comes to the kingdom of God, if we stop and think about it, it is very small compared to other kingdoms at that time. John the Baptist preached repent for the kingdom of God is at hand. Jesus preached the same message, he sent his disciples out to preach the same message and even today people are to repent of their sins for the kingdom of God is here. Jesus invested in just twelve ordinary men, who happen to be fishermen. The kingdom was prophesied to not only start small but be an eternal kingdom that would grow to such magnitude that all others kingdom’s here on earth would be overtaken by it. King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was such a dream and his wise men could not interpret it. When Daniel heard what was going to happen he sought the LORD about it and the LORD gave him the dream and the interpretation of it. Daniel told the king this, “And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. (Daniel 2:44) This kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom that will overtake all other kingdoms and this kingdom will never end. After the death of Christ Jesus on the cross and his resurrection from the dead, before he ascended back to heaven he gave instructions to his disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the promised Holy Spirit who would empower them to be Jesus witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:4-8) When the day of Pentecost came there in the upper room where hundred and twenty people including the disciples who were called Apostles, the promised Holy Spirit came on them just as Jesus said he would and the Church was born and the world has never been the same. How is this possible for such a movement to continue for all of these years? This kingdom was started by God and nothing can stop it. As we look around and see local churches closing one might be tempted to think that God’s promise will fail. But I have some great news for you, the promises of God cannot fail! The Apostle John was shown the end and this is what he saw, “After this I looked, and there was a vast multitude from every nation, tribe and people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes with palm branches in their hand. (Revelation 7:9) This great multitude cried out in a loud voice: Salvation belongs to our God, who is seated on the throne and to the Lamb. (Revelation 7:10) Will you seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness this week or continue to do your own thing?

 

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