When we consider Jesus’ description of the Kingdom of God, or hear His description of His Kingdom work, we are often drawn to images of heaven, or examples of His mission work near and far. However, during this season of Epiphany, we discover some unexpected descriptions of His Kingdom, and even some unexpected participants in His Kingdom work.
January 19 - Come and See
As Jesus, the Lamb of God, begins His public ministry and display His Kingdom work, John the Baptist says, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” But no one really seems to notice. As the few begin to follow Him, He doesn’t affirm His title, and He doesn’t declare His authority, instead He simply invites His followers to “come and see.” As His disciples gather today, what have we come to see?
Readings: Isaiah 49:1-7, *John 1:29-42a
January 26 - Follow Me
As Jesus establishes His Kingdom and begins His Kingdom work, He calls His first disciples saying, “come and follow me.” But He seems to be inviting all the wrong people. How could these ordinary, sinful, uneducated, and unexperienced people do the work of the Kingdom of God? What about today?
Readings: Isaiah 9:1-4, *Matthew 4:12-25
February 2 - Strange Blessings
Over the last couple of weeks we have been focusing on His Kingdom and His Kingdom work. But as Jesus invites us to come and see, it doesn’t look like we expect it to look, the disciples of His Kingdom are not who we expect them to be. Today, we read about the blessings of His Kingdom, and once again, His kingdom’s people and blessings are not what we expected.
Readings: Micah 6:1-8, *Matthew 5:1-12
February 9 - Unusual Light
In this strange and unusual Kingdom of God, you are the “light of the world.” It’s true that we don’t always look like the light of the world. In fact, there may be times where we can’t seem to see the light at all. Indeed, there may be times where we boast in our own spotlight. In His Kingdom, how might we rest in His perfect light, and let Him shine?
Readings: Isaiah 58:3-9a, *Matthew 5:13-20
February 16 - All In
There is something quite clear about the Kingdom of God. There’s no part time participation. There is nothing half way, partial, or middle of the road about it. Yet, in our sin and struggle we silently seek out the minimum required. We tend to think about the least that we can do, or the least we can give, or the least we can participate in His Kingdom while still being considered a part of it. In His Word today, God invites us to be “all in.”
Readings: Deut. 30:15-20, *Matthew 5:21-26
February 23 (Transfiguration Sunday) - Thy Kingdom Come
Over the last several weeks we have considered God’s Kingdom, even God’s Kingdom work here among us. It can certainly look a bit strange and at the very least unexpected. But not in our reading today. Jesus is seen in His glory. We are reminded of our continued prayer “Thy Kingdom come.” That His Kingdom would also come among us today, that we would also see His glory.
Readings: Exodus 24:8-18, *Matthew 17:1-9