Bend-A-Knee Weekly Sermon 03/30/2023

Jesus talked about the subject of the Kingdom of God more than any other subject. In fact, Luke records for us in his gospel account that Jesus shared “I must preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God in other towns, too, because that is why I was sent.” (Luke 4:43) Jesus was sharing His purpose statement. Is it any wonder, because Jesus put so much emphasis on the Kingdom of God, that His disciples seemed to be confused and not fully understanding what Jesus was saying?

The prophets foretold of a coming Messiah for centuries. The thought at that time was that the Messiah would free the Israelites from the oppression of the Romans. Their vision of a Messiah revolved around a coming deliverer that would establish an earthly kingdom. Jesus’ disciples heard Jesus talk about a Kingdom and misinterpreted the type of Kingdom he was promoting. They argued on numerous occasions about which one of them would be the greatest in Jesus’’ kingdom.

When Jesus entered Jerusalem with such vast public acclaim, they must have thought that Jesus was finally going to establish the long-awaited kingdom of an earthly Messiah. The Passover crowds easily caught the wave of emotion that surrounded Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. It seemed that Jesus for the first time allowed the crowd to shower Him with accolades through their words and deeds. In fact, when the religious leaders among the crowd rebuked Jesus for allowing the crowd to give him such public praise Jesus responded, that if the crowds would have been quiet the stones along the road would have burst forth in celebration.

We have the advantage of knowing the entire story which helps us realize the misguided thinking of the raucous crowd and even Jesus’ closest followers that day. And yet, it seems we still want Jesus to establish an earthy kingdom that will eradicate all the evil that is so prevalent in the world today. Have we become so caught up with the idea of a fierce Kingdom of judgment that we have lost the concern for the many souls that will be lost without choosing salvation in Christ Jesus.

Today as you consider pausing at noon to Bend-A-Knee in payer may you ask God to help you share the message of God’s true Kingdom. May you act upon twenty seconds of insane courage to share the gospel of Jesus’ life to those who need to hear the message of an eternal Kingdom. Ask God for the boldness to proclaim the Good News of God’s Kingdom -Today.

Stay connected to God & to others

God’s Peace,

Pastor Mike

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