The Kingdom of Heaven

Those passages where Jesus tells the parables about the Kingdom of Heaven have been playing on my mind recently. Why did Jesus feel it necessary to tell so many similar stories? He must be saying something important (of course it’s important but you know what I mean!).

I suppose those around him were impatient for an earthly kingdom to be set up. One where everything was black & white. Clear cut and simple. But Jesus wants them to understand it isn’t going to be like that. It is going to be messy. When all is said and done the subjects of the kingdom will be known by their fruits. This messiness is both a hindrance and an opportunity. A hindrance because it will be difficult to identify the subjects of the kingdom but an opportunity because they will be like salt & light (or leaven – and this time it’s good).

~ by electrictelegraph on March 4, 2011.

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