What is the Kingdom of God?
Let’s look at a few places where Jesus talks about the Kingdom of God and what it might be:
“I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.”
“What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.”
“What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
Jesus stated in the first referenced quote teaching us about the kingdom of God was one of his highest priorities. Jesus even goes so far to say that that is why he was sent. To me that means teaching us how to live. Some want us to believe that the 100% total purpose for Jesus’ coming was to die for our sins. While I believe his substitutional death was of primary importance this verse says it was not the only act of primary importance. Some would have Jesus jump directly from this birth to the cross, bypassing the 33 years he lived on this earth.
From the second referenced verse it sounds like Jesus knew all he could do was to plant the seed and wait for others to help it grow. Eventually it will take over and become the “largest of all plants”. Just when that happens only the Lord knows. But it is our duty, some say command, to do our part to nourish that seed as stated in the Great Commission. Let’s also not forget that line in the Lord’s Prayer where we are to pray that God’s kingdom come to earth as it is in heaven.
The last verse, I think, gives us a clue on how that is the happen. When making bread, or so I have been told, yeast is a very critical ingredient. Jesus is telling us that he brought the yeast that will eventually be worked through all the flour. This verse is kind of ironic to me as I thought that the Jews of Jesus’ day ate unleaven bread, that is bread without yeast . Oh well another mystery to think about (ha).