Jesus – The King of kings, the Lord of lords, the one by which “all things were created,” the one for whom “all things were created” (Colossians 1:16), the Son of God, and God himself said his Kingdom is like that of a mustard seed. It starts out small and then grows and grows and grows and grows.
This isn’t what a Jew at the time would expect the Kingdom of God to be like. Jesus, the Messiah, was expected to come to earth and become the true Warrior King of Israel who would overthrow the Roman government. I would expect the Kingdom of God to be anything but a mustard seed.
This description of the Kingdom of God drove someone to ask Jesus, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” (v. 23) Jesus’s reply is again not what one would expect. The door to the Kingdom of God is narrow, and only a few will enter. In the end, people will be pleading to enter, but won’t be able to come in. Why? Because Jesus doesn’t know them.
The people that aren’t able to enter into the Kingdom of God were around Jesus. They ate with Jesus and were present when he was teaching, but they didn’t know him. They were close to Jesus in proximity, but not in relationship. This is a great depiction of what happens sometimes in churches today. Someone may visit, regularly attend, or even serve in the church, and still not know Jesus. Attending church is wonderful, but it is not what we do that saves us. It is believing in what Jesus has already done that saves us. It only by repenting and believing the Gospel that we enter into a relationship with Jesus.
One would expect Jesus to overthrow the Romans as a Warrior King. Instead, he died on a Roman Cross. Jesus lived a perfect life that we should have lived, and died on the Cross in our place. He came back from the dead, and in doing so, he defeated death. By believing or fully resting in this work on the Cross for us and repenting of our sins, we can be in a relationship with him. We can know Jesus.
Jesus desires to know you. Jesus longed to gather Jerusalem together into the Kingdom of God like a hen gathers her chicks, but they were not willing. Are you willing to repent of your sins and believe in Jesus?
Questions for today:
Are you close to Jesus in proximity (attend church) or are you close to Jesus in relationship?
If you do know Jesus, what are some ways that you can continue to grow in relationship with him?
By: Lucas Taylor — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice