What is the Kingdom of God like?
What is the Kingdom of God like? What do you compare it to? It ought not surprise us that Jesus the King would have stories, called parables, that unpack the Kingdom. The word parable comes from the idea of putting things side by side to illustrate a truth. For three weeks, leading into Advent, we are sitting at the feet of Jesus and listening to the King's parables — short stories that tell us about the nature of the Kingdom. Last week we saw that the Kingdom of God is a prosperous and fruitful harvest for those who receive it — As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty (Mt. 13:23). This Sunday, Lord willing, Dr. Jared Compton will unpack how the Kingdom is both like a man who sowed good seed in his field and yet weeds have sprung up and how the Kingdom is expansive through the imagery of a mustard seed and leaven. We need these stories to occupy our imagination of what the Kingdom of God is like. The more we see, the more we will marvel and be transformed by the beautiful vision of the Kingdom.