Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.Matthew 6:33
May Your Kingdom come!Matthew 6:10
And I realized, I wasn’t sure I knew what to say if someone asked me to explain the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven.
So, I decided to do a little research and thought you might be interested to know what I learned.
The term the Kingdom of God or Kingdom of Heaven are used more than 80 times in the New Testament, most often by Jesus Himself. One of Jesus’ earliest proclamations was…
“The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”Mark 1:15
- The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven are synonyms.
- The Kingdom of God is the Spiritual realm over which God reigns supreme.
- The Kingdom of God is the fulfillment of God’s will on earth.
The basic meaning of the word kingdom in the Bible is God’s kingly rule — His reign, His action, His lordship, His sovereign governance.
Jesus specifically taught a couple of things about the Kingdom through parables … and although I’ve read these verses countless times, I learned something new this week.
In Matthew 13, Jesus is quoted as saying the following about the Kingdom…
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.Matthew 13:44
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!”Matthew 13:45–46
Did you notice the difference in these verses?
In the first one, the Kingdom is the treasure but in the second, the Kingdom is the merchant.
In the first verse, Jesus is telling His followers that the Kingdom of God/Heaven is the most valuable thing they could have.
The Life Application Bible Notes say…
The man who discovered the treasure hidden in the field stumbled upon it by accident but knew its value when he found it. And although the transaction cost him everything, he paid nothing for the priceless treasure itself. It came free, with the field. Nothing is more precious than the Kingdom of Heaven, yet God gives it to us as a gift.
As you and I receive God’s gift of Jesus and surrender our all to Him in faith, God gives us everything we need. EVERYTHING!
How can we KNOW? How can we trust that promise?
Because of Jesus’ second description of the Kingdom.
There Jesus said the Kingdom is like the merchant.
The Life Application Bible Notes say here…
Jesus is displaying another aspect of the Kingdom. [Here] the Kingdom pays the ultimate price to possess the pearl, the price God was willing to pay to redeem us.
YOU ARE THE PRECIOUS PEARL OF GREAT VALUE!
I always thought the pearl of great value was faith … like the great treasure in the field I thought it was what I should seek. And this week I realized that Jesus was saying that I am the pearl of great value and so are you.
God saw you and He gave up everything to save you!
You are so precious to Him!
Verses to Remind You How Precious You are to God
Need a reminder? Stop and put your name in the blanks in the verses that follow:
This is how God loved __________: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16
God created __________ in His own image. In the image of God He created __________.Genesis 1:27
__________ is God’s masterpiece. He has created __________ anew in Christ Jesus, to do the good things He planned for us long ago.
God showed His great love for __________ by sending Christ to die for __________ while still a sinner.Romans 5:8
I know the plans I have for __________,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give __________ a future and a hope.Jeremiah 29:11
Not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; __________ you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.Matthew 10:30–31
“My grace is all __________ needs. My power works best in weakness.”2 Corinthians 12:9
Since God did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for __________, won’t He also give everything else?Romans 8:32
See what great love the Father has lavished on __________, that __________ should be called a child of God!1 John 3:1
If you’re not feeling precious and abundantly loved by the Father, the Lord of all, go back and read these verses one more time.
Because you are the precious pearl of great value. You are precious to the God of the Universe … Creator, Redeemer, and Comforting Holy Spirit. You are so precious to Him that He gave up the glories of heaven to become like you … a human being in every way except sin, so He could suffer your punishment and mine.
And that’s the message of Christmas, isn’t it?
In the beginning the Word already existed.John 1:1–5, 14
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through Him,
and nothing was created except through Him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and His life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.
So the Word became human and made His home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen His glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
Celebrate Jesus! The One who calls you precious. The One who loves you so much He gave up everything so He could give you everything.
And so … He invites you, and me, to SEEK the Kingdom of God above all else.
Because it is life’s greatest treasure.
We are invited by God Himself to surrender all of the things we think we want or need and to make it our heart’s desire to KNOW and TRUST FATHER GOD through HIS SON, JESUS.
And I think that makes Christmas the perfect time of year to offer ourselves at the manger and make a commitment to SEEK the KINGDOM of GOD today and every day for the rest of our lives.
Thank you so much for joining me today.
And a thank you to BibleGateway.com for sources.
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