The Story: Chapter 24
Matthew 4:17, Matthew 4:23-25, Matthew 5:1-2 NASB
From that time Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people. The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them. Large crowds followed Him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan. When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,
(A) The Old Testament prophets predicted the Kingdom would be spiritual and eternal [Isaiah 9:6-7, Daniel 2:44, Zechariah 9:9] (B) The Kingdom is mentioned 62 times in the Gospels and 140 times in the New Testament (C) Jesus began preaching that the Kingdom is near [Matt. 4:17 & 16:28]
Jesus' whole purpose in coming to earth was to explain God's Kingdom and to give people the opportunity to be in the Kingdom now and for all eternity.
Jesus Introduced People to God's VIEW of the Kingdom
Matthew 6:10 NASB
'Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.
It is the reign of God over people's MIND and WILL
Matthew 28:18, Philippians 2:9-11, 1 Timothy 6:14-16, Revelation 17:14 NASB
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which He will bring about at the proper time-He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen. These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful."
The Jews wanted a POLITICAL Kingdom so they could rule the world
John 18:36-37 NASB
Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm." Therefore Pilate said to Him, "So You are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."
It exists in three areas: 1) INDIVIDUALS 2) The CHURCH 3) HEAVEN
Ephesians 1:22, Philippians 2:10, Revelation 21:1-5 NASB
And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away." And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." And He *said, "Write, for these words are faithful and true."
It is entered by spiritual BIRTH
John 3:3-5 NASB
Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." Nicodemus *said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?" Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
The Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5-7) is an explanation of how to LIVE in the Kingdom
Jesus Used PARABLES to Explain the Kingdom
The sower teaches the different RESPONSES of people in the Kingdom
Matthew 13:18-23 NASB
"Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty."
The tares and the wheat teaches there will always be GOOD and BAD people and God will separate them in the end
Matthew 13:24-30, Matthew 13:36-43 NASB
Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away. But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?' And he said to them, 'An enemy has done this!' The slaves *said to him, 'Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?' But he *said, 'No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn."'" Then He left the crowds and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field." And He said, "The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels. So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
The mustard seed teaches how the Kingdom will start LITTLE, but ends up BIG
Matthew 13:31-32 NASB
He presented another parable to them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that THE BIRDS OF THE AIR come and NEST IN ITS BRANCHES."
The leaven teaches how Christians are to affect CULTURE
Matthew 13:33 NASB
He spoke another parable to them, "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened."
The treasure and the pearl demonstrate how being in God's Kingdom is the greatest VALUE on this earth
Matthew 13:44-45 NASB
"The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls,
The fish dragnet reminds us there will be JUDGEMENT day
Matthew 13:47-50 NASB
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind; and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away. So it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Jesus Establishes Himself as King Over the Kingdom by His MIRACLES
Matthew 8:2, Matthew 8:16 NASB
And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean." When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill.
Matthew 8:23 NASB
When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him.
Matthew 8:28 NASB
When He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so extremely violent that no one could pass by that way.
Matthew 9:18, Matthew 9:23 NASB
While He was saying these things to them, a synagogue official came and bowed down before Him, and said, "My daughter has just died; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live." When Jesus came into the official's house, and saw the flute-players and the crowd in noisy disorder,
Matthew 12:9 NASB
Departing from there, He went into their synagogue.
Jesus Warns Us About MISSING the Kingdom
Matthew 7:21-22 NASB
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?'
The Story: Chapter 25 Matthew 17 & 21, Mark 8-12 & 14, Luke 9 & 22, John 7-8, 11-12
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