JESUSFOOTPRINTS: NOTES FROM READINGS on What Jesus Taught about HIS Kingdom.

These notes are taken from my e-book FOOTPRINTS of JESUS CHRIST on www.jesusfootprints.net. You may want to verify these passages from there or from the New Testament source passages annexed to them.

Jesus spent most of his time teaching about the kingdom of God. While doing that, he also covered most, if not all, of his major doctrines too.

On page 40 of the reading:"Since John, the Baptist's time until now, (John was the greatest of men born, but less than the least in the kingdom of the born-agains who believe the Good News) the kingdom of God was being invaded by violent men, violent because they wanted to enter the kingdom without believing the Good News.

In reading 38 below, paragraph 10.15, Others who were close to entering the kingdom but didn't included the lawyer who said he kept all the laws.

page 9, John, the Baptist, preached "Repentance for the forgiveness of sins."

page 20, Jesus preached "Repent and Believe the Gospel, the Good News."

page 163, Jesus, after his resurrection, told disciples that "Repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name to all nations."

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1.  6.30 Explanation of the Weed Parable

 His disciples asked, “Explain the story of the wheat-like weed in the field.”

He answered, “He that planted the good seed is the Son of man. The field is the world; the sons of the kingdom1 are the good seed. The wheat-like weed are the sons of the evil one, whom the enemy, Satan, planted. The harvest is the end of the age and the reapers are angels. As weed is gathered and burnt, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of man will send his angels to rid his kingdom of everything offensive and lawless, and cast them into fire where   there will be weeping and grinding of teeth. Then, the righteous will shine bright as the sun in their Father’s kingdom.2 Let anyone with ears hear!”

 The end is the end of the present life. After which, believers will shine as the sun in the kingdom, and rejects will be in fiery torment.

 

2.  11.2 His Second Coming and the End

He who endures to the end shall be saved. This good news of the kingdom will be preached as a witness to all nations, and then the end shall come.”

 The end is the end of the present life.

 

3.  13.6 Jesus' First Trial Before Pilate

Pilate went inside the palace, called Jesus, and asked, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

Jesus asked, “Is that your idea or others’?”

Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your people and their chief priests brought you to me. What have you done?”

“My kingdom2 is not earthly, if it were, my officers would fight to prevent my arrest. My kingdom is elsewhere,” Jesus replied.

“You are a real king!” Pilate exclaimed.

Jesus replied, “As you say, I’m a king. I was born3 into this world to testify to this truth.4Everyone who is of the truth believes me.”

Nov 26 Pilate asked, “What is truth?” Then he went outside and said to the religious populace,

“I have no case against him.”5

            Here, Jesus says clearly that his kingdom is not earthly.

 

4.  9.25 First Parable of Investing

The crowd, expecting God’s kingdom4 to appear immediately because he was near Jerusalem, listened while Jesus told this parable:

Sep 4 9.25 “A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom and return.1 Before leaving, he gave his ten servants ten pounds telling them, Trade with the money till I return. ’But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying they didn’t want him as their king. He was made king, however, and on returning he called his servants to account for their profits.

            Here again, Jesus maintains his kingdom is of foreign origin and not earthly.

 

5.  9.15 His Teaching on God's Kingdom

9.15 The Pharisees asked Jesus when God’s kingdom would come and he replied. “The kingdom isn’t coming visibly. Nor will people say, ‘It’s here,’ or ‘It’s there,’ because God’s kingdom is among you.”1 Jesus said to his disciples, “The time will come when you will long to see just one day of the Son of man, but you won’t. People will tell you ‘He is here or there,’ but don’t go in pursuit. For the Son of man in his day will be like lightning2 flashing across the entire sky. But first, he must suffer much and be rejected by this generation. As it was in Noah’s day,3 so it will be in the days of the Son of man.

          Jesus says again that his kingdom is not visible, not earthly.

 

6.  9.19 Counseled A Rich Young Ruler

9.19 As Jesus was leaving, a man ran up and knelt before him, asking, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jesus said, “Why call me good? None is good except God. To enter life, keep the commandments. ‘Do not commit adultery, nor murder, nor steal, nor witness falsely, nor cheat. Honor your parents.’” He replied, “Teacher, I have obeyed them from childhood.”

Jesus looked at him, loved him and said, “One thing you lack. Sell all your belongings and give to the poor, and you will have treasure1 in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Hearing this saddened the wealthy young man and he left sorrowfully.

Aug 27 Jesus glanced around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter God’s kingdom.” His words amazed them. Then he added, “Children, how hard it is to enter God’s kingdom. It is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter God’s kingdom.” More surprised, they asked, “Who then can be saved?”

Jesus answered, “It is impossible with men, but all things are possible with God.” Peter exclaimed, “See, what’s our lot, we who left everything to follow you!”

Aug 28 Jesus replied, “Truly, in the new age, when the Son of man is seated on the throne of his glory, you my followers will sit upon twelve thrones ruling2 the twelve tribes of Israel. Anyone who has left3 home, wife, brothers, sisters, parents, children or land for me, the gospel and God’s kingdom, will receive in this age a hundredfold of these same things and also persecutions, and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are now first will be last, and the now last, will be first.4

            Clearly, the rich young ruler is a perfect candidate for an earthly kingdom, but Jesus' kingdom is of a new age, a new life beyond the present.

 

7.  6.42 Sent the Twelve Out in Twos

6.42 Jesus went to all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues. He preached the good news of the kingdom and healed every illness and disease.1 As he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion because they were worried and cast down as sheep without a shepherd.2 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest3 is plenty but workers are few, ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers into His harvest.”

     Jesus called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority4 to expel demons and cure diseases. He sent them out, two by two, to announce5 God’s kingdom and to heal the sick. The twelve apostles’ names are: Simon, called Peter, his brother Andrew, James and John, sons of Zebedee, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew the tax collector, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus,6 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot the betrayer.
Apr 26 Jesus instructed them, “First7 go not to the nations or Samaria, but go only to the lost sheep of Israel, proclaiming the imminence8 of God’s kingdom. Heal the sick,9 cleanse the leper, raise the dead, cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received. Take neither money, food, extra clothes, shoes nor staff. A laborer deserves his food. Wherever you go, as you enter bless them, find deserving people to house you till you depart and leave them a greeting of peace.

          Jesus preached that the kingdom had been around at the time of his ministry.

8.  8.12 Replied to Satanic Accusations

8.12 Later, Jesus was expelling a dumb demon. When the demon left, the dumb man spoke, which amazed the crowd. Some said, “He expels demons by Beelzebub’s power.”1Others wanted a heavenly sign.2 Knowing3 their thoughts, Jesus said, “Every divided kingdom comes to ruin, and a divided house falls. If Satan’s kingdom is divided, how will it stand? You say I expel demons by Beelzebub. If so, by whom do your sons expel them? So they will be your judges. But if I expel demons by God’s finger, then God’s kingdom”4 has reached you. When a well-armed strongman guards his palace, his possessions are safe. When someone stronger overpowers and disarms him, the stronger divides the spoils. Whoever is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather5 with me scatters souls.

          Jesus preached that the kingdom had reached the earth at the time of his ministry.

 

9.  7.18 Taught True Leadership (COPY)

7.18 When they came into the house in Capernaum, Jesus asked, “What were you discussing on the way?” They kept quiet because they had argued about who of them was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Sitting down, he said to the twelve, “Anyone wanting to be first,1 shall be the last and be servant of all.” Taking a little child into their midst, Jesus said, “Truly, unless you change, becoming as little children, you cannot enter the heavenly kingdom.2 Whoever humbles himself as this child, is the greatest in the heavenly kingdom.3 Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me;4 whoever receives me receives him who sent me. The least among you is the greatest.”

          Jesus taught that the way to the kingdom is to be trusting the Good News as a little child.

 

10.  6.18 Healed a Demoniac and Refutes Demonic Association

6.18 They entered a house and crowds gathered again so much that they couldn’t even eat. When his friends heard this, they came to take him home, for they said, “He is insane.” 
Then a dumb blind demon-possessed person was brought to Jesus, who restored both his speech and sight. The amazed crowds asked, ”Isn’t this David’s son,1 the promised Messiah?”

Hearing this, the Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem said, “This man expels demons by Beelzebub, prince of devils.”2

Apr 4 Jesus, knowing3 their thoughts, said to them, “How can Satan cast out Satan? A divided kingdom will not stand; and every city or home divided will fall. If Satan expels Satan, how will his divided kingdom stand? If by his power I expel demons, by whom do your sons expel them? Therefore, they will be your judges. But if I expel demons by God’s Spirit, then God’s kingdom is here among you.4 Or how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and rob him without first binding him? They that are not   gathering5 with me are against me, scattering souls. I tell you, all sin and blasphemy,6 even that against the Son of man is forgivable, except whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit. He cannot be forgiven in this age or the age to come, and is guilty of an eternal sin. For they said, “He has a demon.

          Jesus taught that by his ministry, God's kingdom was there present on earth.

 

11.  6.4 Standards of Righteousness and Morality

 Let your light so shine for all to see your good works, and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Mar 11 “Do not think I came to destroy the law or the prophets, but to fulfill them. Truly, not one dot of the law will pass away until all is fulfilled. Anyone breaking the least of the commandments and teaching others to do so, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. Anyone obeying them and teaching others to do so, will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses the hypocrisy of Pharisees and scribes, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

 

But I say, don’t swear at all: either by heaven, it is God’s throne, or by earth, it is His footstool, nor by Jerusalem, it is the great King’s city.

 But I say, love your enemies and pray for your persecutors, so you will be sons of your heavenly Father, who makes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and the rain to fall on the just and the unjust.

Mar 15 If you love only those who love you, what reward have you? Even tax collectors do. If you greet only your brethren, what merit have you? Even unbelievers do. If you lend to those who do so in return, what is your reward? Even sinners do this expecting in return.  But love your enemies, do good and lend expecting no return, and your reward will be great as sons of God Most High; for He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be both perfect and merciful like your heavenly Father.”

 

12.  11.16 Jesus Ate the Passover with Disciples

11.16 At the evening hour, Jesus sat down with the twelve, saying, “I craved to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in God’s kingdom. Then came rivalry as to who among the twelve was the greatest. Jesus told them, “Unbelievers have kings who lord it over them, which authorities are their benefactors.2 But with you, the greatest must be the least; and the leader, the servant.3 Who is greater, the one seated at the table or the one serving? Isn’t it the one seated? But I came among you to serve.4 Because you have stood by me in my trials, I give you, as my Father gave me,  a kingdom,5 so that you may dine with me in my kingdom and sit on thrones, ruling6 the twelve tribes of Israel.”

          Jesus also taught that the manifestation of the kingdom was yet in the future.

 

13.  8.16 Parable of the Rich Fool

Then Jesus told a parable, “The farm of a rich man produced well. Thinking, he said, This I’ll do about crop storage. I’ll pull down my barns, build bigger ones to store these grains and crops. ‘Then I’ll say to my soul, You have much laid up for years. Take rest, eat, drink and be merry.’ But God said, ‘You fool! Tonight your soul is required!’ Whose will these things you are preparing then be?’ So it is with anyone who amasses wealth without being rich towards God.”

 Don’t worry about what to eat or drink, for these are the things the world runs after, and your Father knows you need them. But seek3 God’s kingdom, and these things will be added to you....
Don’t fear, little flock, for it is your Father's pleasure to give you the kingdom.4 Sell your possession and give alms. Provide yourselves with non-aging purses, an inexhaustible heavenly treasure,5 safe from thief and moth. For your heart will always be where your riches are.

          Jesus taught that the Father is very pleased to give the kingdom to believers.

 

14.  6.2 Blessings

6.2 Blessed are all these;

The poor in spirit, for theirs is God’s kingdom.

Those who mourn, will be comforted.

Those who are humble, will inherit the earth.

Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

will be satisfied.

Those who show mercy, will receive mercy.

Those with pure hearts, will see God.

Those who are peacemakers, will be called children of  God.

Those persecuted for righteousness’ sake, will inherit the kingdom of heaven.

You, those insulted, persecuted and slandered for my sake; rejoice and be glad, your heavenly reward will be great, for so their fathers treated prophets before you.”

 

15.  6.6 The Lord's Prayer

6.6 “Pray like this:1

Our Heavenly Father,

Honor to Your name,

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,

Give us today our bread for everyday,

Forgive our debts as we forgive our debtors,

Keep us from temptation and deliver us from evil,

For Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory, 

Forever and ever, Amen.”

          God's will is now being done in heaven, so, God's heavenly kingdom must have been pre-existing.

 

16.  6.14 Answered John the Baptist's Message

Mar 28 As John’s disciples left, Jesus spoke to the crowd about him. “What did you go into the desert to see? A wind-blown reed? A man dressed in fine clothing? See, those who dress luxuriously are in kings’ palaces. A prophet? Yes, a prophet and more.  For John is the one of whom this is written, ‘Behold, I send My messenger and he will prepare the way before Me.’ Truly, John is greater than anyone born of women, yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. Since his time until now, the heavenly kingdom was being invaded by forceful men. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. If you will accept it, he is Elijah who was to come. Whoever has ears, let him hear.”

          John, who preached baptism for repentance and the forgiveness of sins, was not yet in the kingdom, not until the Good News was believed.

 

17.  7.22 Cost of Discipleship

 7.22 As they walked along, a scribe said to Jesus, “Lord, I will follow wherever you go!”

Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.

To another Jesus said, “Follow me!” The man answered, “Lord, let me first go bury my father.”

Jesus answered, “Let the dead bury their dead. You go and publish God’s kingdom worldwide.” Another said, “Lord, I’ll follow you, but let me first say goodbye to my family.”

Jesus replied, “No one looking back, after putting his hand to the plow, is fit for God’s kingdom.”.

          Jesus taught that the kingdom is worth anyone's full devotion.

 

18.  6.12 Healed a Captain's Attendant

 6.12 Then Jesus went to Capernaum where a  captain’s dear servant was ill, paralyzed and near death. The officer sent Jewish elders to beg Jesus to come and heal his servant. The elders pleaded, saying, “This man deserves your help, because he loves our nation and built us a synagogue.” Jesus accompanied them, but as they neared the house, the captain sent friends saying, “Lord, don’t trouble yourself. I’m unworthy to receive you or to come to you. Just speak the word and my servant will be healed. I, too, am under authority, with soldiers under my authority, who obey my orders to ‘Go,’ or ‘Come,’ and when I command my orderly, ‘Do this,’ he does.”

Jesus marveled at the man’s message, turned to those following and said, “Truly, I haven’t found such great faith in Israel. Many will come from the east and west to sit1 with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the heavenly kingdom; while the supposed sons of the kingdom,2 will be banished to outer darkness, where there will be tears and torment.”

Mar 26 Jesus replied the captain, “Go, it will be done to you as you believe.”3 The messengers returned to the centurion’s house and found the servant healed that very hour.4

          Jesus taught that people who are not in the kingdom will be in a place of torment.

 

19.  6.24 Explained the Parable of the Sower

6.24 The disciples asked him privately,1 “Why do you speak in parables?”

    He replied, You have been granted to know the secrets of the heavenly kingdom, but they haven’t. Whoever has, is given more, so he has in abundance.2 Whoever hasn’t, even that which he has will be taken away. This is why I use parables, so they see without perceiving, and hear without understanding. For them, Isaiah’s prophecy is being fulfilled:3 ‘You will keep hearing without understanding, and keep seeing without perceiving; for the heart of this people has become hardened and their ears dull. Their eyes and ears have been closed, so they can neither see nor hear with understanding, lest they repent and I will heal them. ’But blessed4 are your eyes and ears for they see and hear. Truly, many prophets and righteous men have longed to see and hear these things but didn’t.”

Apr 10 Jesus asked, “If you don’t understand this parable, how will you understand all others? Now listen to the meaning. The seed is God’s word. When anyone hears the message of the kingdom and doesn’t understand, the evil one snatches away that sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the roadside. That sown upon the rock is he who immediately receives the message with joy, but it only takes temporary root. When the message causes trouble or persecution he falls away. That sown among thorns is he who hears the message, but worldly cares and the deceit of riches choke it, making it unfruitful. That sown on good soil is he who hears, accepts and understands the word. With  patience, his fruit increases thirty, sixty, a hundred times.”

          Jesus taught that the word of the kingdom is worth full attention and multiplication.

 

20.  8.8 Jesus Sent the Seventy Out In Twos

8.8 After this, the Lord appointed1 seventy others and sent them ahead in pairs to every city he was about to visit. He said, “The harvest2 is plentiful, but workers are few. Ask the Lord to send workers into His harvest. Go,3 I send you as lambs amidst wolves. Don’t carry a purse, a wallet or shoes. Any city or village you enter, inquire who in it is worthy and stay there, accepting their food and drink till you depart, for a worker deserves his wages. Any house you enter, say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If a son of peace is there, your peace will stay there, if not, it will return to you. Wherever you are welcome, eat whatever they give you.Heal4 their sick, saying, ‘God’s kingdom is near you.’ When a city doesn’t welcome you, go into the streets, saying, ‘Even your town’s dust on our feet we remove in protest, and know that God’s kingdom has been near you. In that day, God’s judgment will be more bearable for Sodom than for that town.”

          Jesus taught that God's kingdom is near even those who rejected the Good News.

 

21.  5.8 First Preaching and Healing Tour in Galilee

5.8 Jesus rose long before daybreak, went to the desert and prayed.1 Simon and the other followers searched for him and on finding him, said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.”

Jesus replied, “Let’s visit some neighboring towns to preach God’s kingdom, it is for this purpose2 I came.” Jesus traveled throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of God’s kingdom and healing all kinds of sicknesses and diseases3 among the people. His reputation spread up to Syria. They brought to him those with many diseases and torments; the demon-possessed, the insane, the epileptic and paralytic. He healed them all.4

Huge crowds, from Galilee throughout Judea to beyond Jordan, followed him.

By his healing ministry, Jesus demonstrated that God's kingdom was there present.

 

 

 

22.  9.18 Jesus Showed Love to Children

            9.18 When the disciples rebuked people who brought children to him to touch and pray for, Jesus said angrily, “Allow them, never prevent children from coming to me, for of such is God’s kingdom. Truly, whoever does not receive God’s kingdom like a child, won’t enter1 it.” Jesus cuddled, laid hands on, and blessed the children.

          Jesus taught that the way to the kingdom is to be trusting the Good News as a little child.

 

23.  5.1 Jesus Began Preaching in Galilee

5.1 Jesus returned to Galilee in the Holy Spirit’s power, after John’s imprisonment, preaching the good news of God’s kingdom, saying, “The time has come.   God’s kingdom is near. Repent and believe the good news.” His fame spread throughout the region, and all praised him as he taught in their synagogues.

          Jesus preached the proximate presence of God's kingdom.

 

24.  4.4 Nicodemus Visited Jesus at Night

4.4 Nicodemus,1 a Pharisee and Jewish ruler, came to Jesus one night and said, “Master, we know that you are a teacher from God, for the signs you perform can’t be done except with God.”

Jesus answered, Truly, unless one is reborn2 from above, one can’t see God’s kingdom.”Nicodemus said, “How can an adult re-enter his mother’s womb and be reborn?”

Feb 2 Jesus replied, “Truly, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he can’t enter God’s kingdom.3 Mankind reproduces by flesh, but the Spirit gives birth, spirit to spirit. Don’t be shocked by my saying you must be born again from above. The wind blows where it pleases and you hear it, but you do not know its origin or destination. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” “How can these happen?” Nicodemus answered.

Jesus said, “You, an Israeli teacher, don’t know these things? Truly, we speak and testify to what we know and have seen, and our testimony you don’t accept.

Feb 3 When I talk of earthly things and you don’t believe, how can you believe when I talk about heavenly things? No one has ever ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven - the Son of man. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must I be lifted4 up, that everyone believing in me may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. God did not send His Son to condemn, but through him to save the world. Whoever believes in him escapes judgment; but the unbeliever stands condemned, because he doesn’t believe in the name of God’s only begotten Son.

          Jesus taught that one must be born again by believing his Good News to enter the kingdom, to receive eternal life.

 

25.  DEVELOPED THEMES & DOCTRINES

7.183 Whoever humbles himself as this child, is the greatest in the heavenly kingdom.3

          Jesus taught that the way to the kingdom is to be trusting the Good News as a little child.

 

26.  11.20 Jesus Instituted the Lord's Supper

11.20 As they ate, Jesus took some bread, gave thanks and broke it. Passing it to the disciples, he said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” Then having taken the cup and given thanks, he said, “Each one drink from it. This is my blood of the new covenant which is poured out for the forgiveness of sins. I won’t drink wine again until that day, when I drink it with you new in my Father’s kingdom.”1 They sang a hymn and left for Mount Olives.

          Jesus also taught that the manifestation of the kingdom was yet in the future.

 

27.  10.12 Parable of the Marriage Feast

10.12 Jesus spoke again in parables, saying, “The heavenly kingdom is like a king who prepared a wedding feast1 for his son. He sent servants to call  those invited, but they refused to come. Other servants he sent out, saying, ‘Tell those invited, Everything is ready. Come to the feast.’ But they went about their own thing, ignored, insulted and killed his servants. The enraged king sent his armies to destroy the murderers and burn their city. Then he said to his servants, “The feast is ready, but those invited were unworthy. Go into the street junctions and invite anyone you find.”

They gathered all they could find, both good and bad, to fill the wedding hall with guests. The king came to see the guests and noticed a man not dressed in wedding garment. He asked, ‘How did you enter without a wedding garment?’ The man was speechless. The king told his servants, ‘Tie him and throw him into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.’ For many are called but few are chosen.”

          Jesus taught that the kingdom of God was pre-existing.

 

28.  6.26 Parable of the Growing Seed

6.26 And he said, “God’s kingdom is like a man who scatters seed on the ground. Daily he sleeps and rises, and doesn’t know how the seed sprouts and grows. Spontaneously, the earth brings fruits, first the blade, then the head, then the full corn. When it ripens, he puts in the sickle, for harvest has come.”

          Jesus taught that God's kingdom is God-grown and God-harvested.

 

29.  6.27 Parable of the Weed

6.27 He taught them another parable: “The heavenly kingdom is like a man who planted good seed, but at night his enemy came and planted wheat-like grass among the wheat. As the wheat matured the wheat-like grass appeared. So the landowner’s men came to ask him, ‘Sir, didn’t you plant good seed, how did the grass get into it?’ He replied, ‘An enemy had done this.’ They asked, ‘Should we pull it out?’ He said, ‘No, you might uproot the wheat with it. Let them grow together. During harvest, the reapers will first bundle the grass and burn it, then gather the wheat into my barn.’”

          Jesus taught that God's kingdom is God-grown and harvested in the future.

 

30.  6.28 Parable of the Mustard Seed

          6.28 Jesus told another parable, “The heavenly kingdom is like a mustard seed1 which a man planted. This smallest of seeds becomes greater than all herbs, growing large branches where birds nest.”

          Jesus taught that God's kingdom is God-grown.

 

31.  6.29 Parable of the Yeast

6.29 He spoke another: “The heavenly kingdom is like the yeast1 a woman mixed into three measures of flour till the whole became dough.”

Jesus spoke in parables to the crowds to fulfill the prophecy, “I will open my mouth in parables and utter things kept secret since earth’s beginning.” Privately,2 he explained all to his disciples.

          Jesus taught that God's kingdom is God-grown.

 

32.  11.9 Parable of Ten Virgins

11.9 “Then the heavenly kingdom will be like ten virgins who took lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. The five foolish ones took no oil, whereas the five wise ones carried extra oil in cans. The bridegroom delayed, so they fell asleep. At midnight someone shouted, ‘Look, the bridegroom! Come to meet him.’ The awakened virgins lit their lamps, and the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some oil, for our lamps are going out.’ The wise replied, ‘Lest it isn’t enough for us, go buy your own.’ While they were gone, the bridegroom arrived, and those ready went in with him to the marriage feast and the door was locked. Later the others returned, saying, ‘Lord, open the door!’ He replied, ‘No, I don’t know you.’ Therefore watch, for you don’t know the day nor the hour of my return.”

            Jesus also taught that the manifestation of the kingdom was yet in the future.

 

33.  10.11 Parable of Vineyard Tenants

10.11 “Hear another parable. A landowner planted a vineyard, fenced it, dug a winepress and built a watchtower; after letting it to tenants, he traveled. At harvest, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his dues. But they beat one, killed one and stoned another. So he sent more servants who were similarly treated. Finally, he sent his Son, thinking they will respect him. When the tenants saw the Son, they conspired, ‘Let’s kill the heir and take the inheritance.’ They seized him, dragged him out and killed him. When the owner returns, what will he do to those tenants?”
   They replied, “He will totally destroy the bad men and hire his vineyard to honest tenants.”
Sep 20 Jesus asked, “Haven’t you read this scripture, The stone which the builder rejected became the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes.’ Hence I say, God’s kingdom will be taken from you and given to a people who will bring fruits. Whoever falls on this stone will be broken to pieces. He, on whom it falls, will be crushed to powder.”

Hearing these parables, the chief priests and Pharisees knew Jesus was referring to them. They wanted to seize him, but feared the multitudes who considered him a prophet. So they left.

          Jesus taught that God's kingdom will be given to those who will multiply it.

 

34.  6.31 The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

6.31 “The heavenly kingdom is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and concealed. In his wise joy, he sold all he owned and bought the field.”

          Jesus taught that the kingdom is worth everything anyone has.

 

35.  6.32 The Parable of the Costly Jewel

6.32 “Again, the heavenly kingdom is like a merchant seeking fine pearls. On finding one of great value, he sold all he owned and bought it.”

          Jesus taught that the kingdom is worth everything anyone has.

 

36.  6.33 The Parable of the Fish Net

 6.33 “Again, the heavenly kingdom is like a fishing net, trapping all sorts from the sea. Drawing it ashore filled, they potted the good and threw away the bad. So will it be at the end of the age. Angels will separate the wicked from the righteous, and cast the wicked into the fire, where there is weeping and grinding of teeth.”

          Jesus taught that God's kingdom is harvested and rejects go into torment.

 

37.  6.34 The Parable of the House Owner

6.34 Jesus asked them, “Have you understood all these?” They replied, “Yes.”  Then he said, “Every teacher who becomes a disciple of the heavenly   kingdom   is   like a house owner who displays from his treasures, things both new and old.” Jesus left the place after telling these parables.

 

38.  38 The Greatest Commandment

10.15 One of them a lawyer, tested him. “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment?”

Jesus replied, “’Hear O Israel, the Lord your God is One and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it,  ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The law and the prophets hang on these two.”1 The man replied, “Teacher, well said. God is one and none other exists. To love Him with all your heart, all your soul, all your understanding and all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, is more meaningful than all offerings and sacrifices.”

Hearing his sensible response, Jesus said, “You are not far from God’s kingdom.” After that, no one dared question him any more.2

          Jesus taught that perfect obedience to the law, gets one only near to, but not to enter the kingdom.

 

39.  6.44 Why Herod Had Beheaded John the Baptist

6.44 Opportunity came on Herod’s birthday when he gave a banquet for his nobles, commanders and Galilean chiefs. Herodias’ daughter danced before Herod and his guests, pleasing them so much that he said to her, “Ask anything from me and I’ll grant it.” He swore, “I’ll give you whatever you ask, up to half of my kingdom.” She went out and asked her mother, “What shall I ask?” She answered, “John the Baptist’s head.” The girl immediately told the king, “I want John the Baptist’s head on a dish right now.” The king was very sorry, but because of his oath and the guests, he could not refuse. So he sent an executioner to bring John’s head. The man went, beheaded John,1 brought his head on a dish, gave it to the girl, who gave it to her mother.

May 3 When John’s disciples heard the news, they came for his body, buried it, then reported to Jesus, who on hearing it, withdrew by boat to a desert place privately.

          This story illustrates one ruler exercising power over his kingdom.

 

40.  14.4 Jesus' First Three Hours on the Cross

Passersby mocked nodding, “He who destroys1 the temple and rebuilds it in three days, save yourself, as God’s Son, come down from the cross.” The rulers sneered. “He saved others, let him save himself2 as God’s Christ, the Chosen One.” The soldiers also mocked, offering him vinegar saying, “If you are the  king of Jews, save yourself!”

One of the criminals next to him taunted: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” The other retorted,  “Don’t you fear God because you’re in the same punishment?   We’re getting our just reward, but he is innocent.3 He added, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.4

Dec 6 Jesus replied, Today you’ll be with me in Paradise.” Standing by Jesus’ cross were his mother, her sister, Cleopas wife Mary, and Mary Magdalane. When Jesus saw his mother and his beloved disciple nearby, he said to her. “Woman, look, your son!”5 Then to the disciple, “Look, your mother!” From then on she lived in the disciple’s home.

          Jesus taught that the kingdom includes Paradise where he received the believing thief on the cross on the day of crucifixion.

 

41.  15.1 Jesus Was Buried In Executive Tomb

15.1 It was now the day of preparation next to a special Sabbath. The religious populace wanted the crosses empty for the Sabbath, so they asked Pilate to break the men’s legs and remove their bodies. So, the soldiers broke the legs of the men crucified with Jesus. When they saw that Jesus was already dead, they didn’t break his legs. But a soldier pierced his side, and immediately blood and water gushed out. This is the true account of a honest witness, so that you also may believe.1 This fulfilled the scripture which declares, “None of his bones will be broken,” and “They look on him whom they had pierced.”

Dec 10 In the evening of the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a righteous rich councilor and secret disciple awaiting God’s kingdom, who never agreed with their reasoning and actions, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Assured by the same captain2 that Jesus was dead, Pilate gave Jesus’ corpse to Joseph.

          Joseph of Arimathea acted in faith believing the kingdom is in the future.

 

42.  6.7 Devotion to God

Mar 19 So I tell you, don’t worry4 about your needs for food, drink, shelter and clothe. Isn’t life more important than food, and body more than clothe. See how your heavenly Father cares for the birds, yet you are far more valuable. Anxiety cannot add half a yard to one’s stature. Why worry for clothing? Consider the lilies,5 how they grow without laboring. Even Solomon in all his glory was not better clothed. Therefore, if God so decorates the transient fields with such beauty, won’t He even clothe you the more? O you of little faith. 
Don’t worry about how all your daily needs will be met, nor pursue them as unbelievers do. Your heavenly Father knows your needs. Seek first God’s kingdom6 and His righteousness, and He will add all these things to you. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Each day has enough evil of its own.

          Jesus taught that the kingdom is entered into by believing God's righteousness was made available for salvation.

 

 

43.  7.12 Peter Confesses Him as the CHRIST

 7.12 When Jesus arrived at Caesarea Philippi, he asked the disciples, “Who do men say I, the Son of man, am?” They answered, “Some say John the Baptist; others, Elijah; others, Jeremiah or some other prophet.”

He asked, “Who do you say I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Jesus answered, “You are blessed, Peter John. This is not human revelation but my heavenly Father’s. And I say, you are Peter, upon this rock I’ll build my church and the gates of hell cannot overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth would have been forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth would have been permitted in heaven.”1

Then he forbade his disciples not to tell anyone that he is the Christ.

Jesus taught that the keys to bringing people into the kingdom are received by believing and confessing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, as Peter did. Whatever had been settled in the pre-existing kingdom is being worked out on earth by his children.

 

44.  7.13 First Foretelling of His Death and Resurrection

May 27 Then Jesus said to the crowd and his disciples, “Anyone following me must deny himself and bear his cross; whoever wants to save his life will lose it; whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s shall find it.2 How does a man profit if he gains the whole world, yet loses his soul? What will he give in exchange for his soul? Whoever is ashamed3 of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of man will be ashamed, when he shall come in his Father’s glory and with his holy angels, to reward everyone’s works.4 Truly, some are standing here who will not taste death till they see the Son of man coming in his and God’s kingdom with power.5   

          Jesus also taught that the manifestation of the kingdom was yet in the future.

               

45.  1.3 Gabriel's Announcement to Mary

1.3 Six months after Elizabeth, her relative, became pregnant with John the Baptist, God sent angel Gabriel to Nazareth to virgin Mary, who was engaged to Joseph, a descendant of David. Gabriel went to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” These words troubled Mary who wondered what they meant. The angel said, “Don’t fear, Mary, God has favored you. You will conceive and have a son and shall name him Jesus. He will be great and be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him his ancestor David’s throne to reign over Israel in an eternal kingdom.”

Jan 4 Mary asked, “How will this be? I’m a virgin!” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So, your holy child will be called the Son of God. Your aged relative, Elizabeth, is now in her sixth month of pregnancy. For every word of God shall not1 be impossible.” Mary replied. “I’m the Lord’s servant.

Let it be as you say.” Then the angel left her.

          Jesus' kingdom is an eternal kingdom; no beginning, no end.

 

46.  7.19 Rebuked John's Partisanship

 7.19 John said, “Teacher, we saw someone expelling demons in your name,1 but because he is not one of us, we stopped him.”

Jesus replied, “Why stop him, no one doing miracles in my name can easily speak against me, for he who is not against us is for us.2 Truly, anyone giving you a cup of water, because you are Christ’s, will not lose his reward.”3

“Whoever causes one of these little believers to sin, is better thrown off into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck. Inevitably, offences come in the world, but woe to the source.4If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. Better live with one hand than go into hell fire with two. If your foot misleads you, cut it off. Better be maimed than have two feet and go to hell. If it is your eye, pluck it out. Better enter God’s kingdom with one eye than go with two into hell, where the worms and flames never die.”

Jun 5 “Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt5 is good, but if it looses saltiness, how will you restore it? Have salt within you, and live peacefully one with another. Do not despise any of these little ones, for their angels always see the face of my Father in heaven.”

          Jesus taught that the way to the kingdom is to be trusting the Good News as a little child.

 

47.  7.21 Taught Good Brotherliness

7.21 “If your brother sins,1 correct him privately; if he listens, you have won your brother. If he doesn’t, take one or two along to establish the charge. If he won’t heed them, tell the church. If he won’t hear still, regard him as a pagan or extortioner. Truly, whatever you forbid on earth would have been forbidden in heaven. Whatever you permit on earth would have been permitted in heaven.2 If two of you agree on earth regarding any matter, it will be done for them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three gather in my name, I am right there.” Then Peter asked, “If my brother sins against me should I forgive him up to seven times?”

Jun 7 Jesus replied, “No! Seventy times seven! The heavenly kingdom is like a king who began to settle accounts with his servants. A man was brought to him who owed him over 150,000 years of a laborer’s wages. Because he could not pay, his master ordered him, wife, children and all belongings to be sold for the payment. The servant falling down begged, ‘Lord, be patient, I will pay all.’ The master, moved with pity, freed him and forgave his debt. Then the man found a fellow servant who owed him 100 daily wages. Taking him by the throat, he demanded, ‘Pay me what you owe me!’ His debtor knelt and begged him, ‘Be patient and I will pay you.’ But he refused and had him imprisoned till he paid. When his fellow servants heard about this, they were grieved and told their master everything. The master called him and said, “You wicked servant, I forgave your debt, as you asked; shouldn’t you have similarly shown mercy? And he angrily gave him over to torturers till he paid all he owed. So will my heavenly Father treat you unless you forgive3 your brother from the heart.”

    Jesus taught that the way to the kingdom is to forgive as the heavenly Father has forgiven you.

 

48.  3.1 John Baptized for Repentance and Forgiveness

 3.1 In the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar’s reign, when Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod Antipas ruler of Galilee, his brother Philip, that of Iturea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias that of Abilene. During the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, God’s word came to John the Baptist, Zechariah’s son, in the desert. John wore camel’s hair and a leather waist belt. His food was locusts and wild honey. Throughout the Jordan River basin, he preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins saying, “Repent, for God’s Kingdom is near,” as the prophet Isaiah wrote:

Jan 19 “The voice of one crying in the desert: ‘Prepare the Lord’s way, straighten his path. Every valley will be filled and every high place leveled. Crooked places will be straightened, rough places smoothened, and all humanity will see God’s salvation.’”

The crowds coming from Jerusalem, Judea and all around Jordan for baptism and confessing their sins included Pharisees and Sadducees. John told them, “You breed1 of snakes! Who warned you to escape the coming wrath? Produce fruit of repentance. Don’t excuse yourself by saying ‘Abraham is our father.’2 I say that God can raise children for Abraham from these stones.3 The axe of God’s judgment is poised ready to cut down4 for burning, the root of every tree not producing good fruit.”

Jan 20 The crowd asked, “What shall we do?”

John answered, “Share your clothing and food with those who are needy.”

Tax collectors5 coming for baptism asked, “Master, what shall we do?” “Collect only what you should.” John answered.

Soldiers also asked, “What shall we do?” He replied,  “Don’t intimidate or blackmail. Be content with your wages,”

Many people pondered expectantly if John might be the Christ. John answered them, “I baptize you with water, but One6 greater than I is coming, whose sandals I’m unworthy to loosen. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand to thresh and store the wheat in his barn, and burn the chaff with unquenchable fire.” He taught and preached, among other things, the good news as well.

John, who preached baptism for repentance and forgiveness of sins, was not yet in the kingdom, not until all humanity would see God’s salvation in the Good News.

 

49.  7.2 He Fed Five Thousand Men

7.2 Then Jesus landed on the other side of the sea of Galilee. The Passover was near, so a huge crowd followed him because they saw his healing of the sick. He had compassion on them, for they were like sheep without shepherd.1 He climbed the mountain, sat with his disciples, and taught many things about the kingdom of God and healed their sick.2
May 5 It was late in the day when his disciples came to him, saying, “This is a desert place and it is late. Send the crowd into the countryside and villages to buy food.”3

Jesus answered, “They don’t need to go, give them something to eat.”4 To Philip he said, “Where do we buy bread?” Jesus said this to test him for he knew what to do. Philip replied, “Two hundred daily wages worth of bread will not be enough for everyone to have a bite.”

Jesus said, “Go and see how many loaves you have.” When they found out, Andrew, Peter’s brother said, “A lad here has five barley loaves and two fishes but what are these to the crowd?”

May 6 Jesus commanded the people to sit on the green grass in groups of hundreds and fifties. Then looking up to heaven and giving thanks, he broke the bread and divided the fish and gave them to the disciples to distribute. Everyone ate until filled, then the disciples collected twelve baskets of surplus. For he said, “Gather all remnants, for nothing must be wasted.” Those who ate numbered about five thousand men alone, besides women and children.

          Jesus in his healing ministry taught also the Good news of the kingdom of God.

 

50.  8.11 Jesus Taught Disciples A Prayer

 8.11 One day after Jesus had prayed, a disciple said,

“Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”

“When you pray,”1 Jesus replied, “say:

‘Father, honored be Your name.

Your kingdom come.

May Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us each day our daily bread.

Forgive our sins, as we forgive our debtors.

Lead us not into temptation.’”

Then Jesus said, “Suppose you go to a friend at midnight and ask him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, because I have no bread to set before a visitor.’ Then from inside he answers, ‘Do not bother me. The door is locked and we’re already in bed. I cannot rise to give you anything.’ I tell you, though he won’t normally get up and meet his    friend’s needs, however, as his friend persists, he will do so.

Jul 8 So ask,2 for everyone who asks receives. Seek, for everyone who seeks finds. Knock, and surely, the door will be opened to you. What father here, whose son asks for a fish will give him a snake? Or for an egg, and will give him a scorpion? If you sinful men give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask3 Him!”

    God's will is now being done in heaven, so, God's heavenly kingdom must have been pre-existing.

 

51.  3.3 Jesus was Tempted by the Devil

3.4 Immediately Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was Spirit-led into the desert among wild beasts’. There he fasted and was tempted by Satan for forty days and nights, after which he was hungry. Satan said, “If you are God’s Son, tell this stone to become bread.”

Jesus replied, “It is written, ‘Man doesn’t live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from God’s mouth.’”

Jan 25 Then lifting him to a high mountain, Satan showed him, in an instant, all the world’s kingdoms and told him, “I will give you all this authority1 and their glory, for they are mine to give to whomever I please.

Worship me and they will be yours.”

Jesus answered, “It is written, Worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.”

Then Satan led him to the temple’s gable in Jerusalem and said, “If you are God’s Son, throw yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels to protect and carry you lest your foot hits a stone’.”
Jesus replied, “It also says, ‘Do not test the Lord your  God.’”

Jan 26 His temptations ended, Satan departed for a time, and angels came and served Jesus.

          Satan claimed all the kingdoms of this world but not the kingdom of God.

 

52.  10.17 Again Jesus Denounced Hypocrisy

10.17 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and his disciples, “Beware of scribes! Scribes and Pharisees occupy Moses’ seat, so obey and do all they say.

But don’t follow their example, for they don’t practice what they teach. They lay heavy burdens on men’s shoulders, but are unwilling to lift a finger to help.1 They want men to see their works, so they enlarge their phylacteries and lengthen their garment fringes. They love front seats at banquets and synagogues. They love greetings in markets and being called ‘Master.’ Don’t be called ‘Master,’ for One is your Master and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth ‘Father,’ for your one Father is in heaven. Neither be called ‘Teachers’, for your one Teacher is Christ. The greatest among you will be your servant. Those priding themselves will be humbled; those humbling themselves will be exalted.2

Sep 28 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees. You hypocrites shut the heavenly kingdom in men’s faces. You don’t enter and you prevent others from entering.3

    Jesus here taught that scribes and Pharisees prevented people from the kingdom, the kingdom must have been pre-existing.

 

53.  8.22 The Second Parable of the Mustard Seed

 8.22 Then Jesus said, “What is God’s kingdom like? What do I compare it with? It is like a mustard1 seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew, became a tree and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”

          The kingdom starts from a seemingly insignificant source and grows to accommodate many.

 

54.  8.23 The Second Parable of the Yeast

8.23 Again he said, “What is God’s kingdom like? It is like the yeast1 a woman mixed into three measures of flour till it permeated the whole dough.”

The kingdom starts from a seemingly insignificant source and grows universal.

 

55.  10.3 Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

Sep 8 Also many spread their clothes and leafy branches on the way as he passed. The next day, the large crowd at the feast heard Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David!1 Blessed2 is He who comes in the Lord’s name, Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David, Hosanna in the highest.” Jesus found the colt and sat on it, as the scripture says, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; see, your king comes meek, sitting on a donkey’s colt.” (Until Jesus was glorified His disciples didn’t recognize this prophecy about him or how they helped fulfill it).

Sep 9 The crowd having been with Jesus since he raised Lazarus from the dead, spread the news and many people came out. So the Pharisees said to one another, “We are getting nowhere. The whole world has gone after him.” When he came to the descent from Mount Olives, the entire procession began to shout with joyful praises for all the miracles they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the Lord’s name. Peace and glory in the highest heaven!”Some Pharisees there said, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

Jesus replied, “If they become silent, the stones3 will cry out!”

Even the Pharisees recognized that Jesus accepted the people's claim that the kingdom had arrived at Jesus' time.

 

56.  11.10 Second Parable of Investing Talents

Oct 12 11.10 “The heavenly kingdom is like a man who, on traveling,1 entrusts his possession to his servants. To one, he gave five talents; to another, two, and to another, one, according to their ability, and he left. The one with five talents traded and earned five more. Similarly, the one with two gained two more. But he with one, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. Returning after a long time, the master settled accounts with them. The one with five talents said, ‘Master, by trading I have gained five other talents.’ He with two talents reported, Master, ‘I gained two more talents.’ To each one the master said, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. Because you are faithful over a little, I will set you over much. Come into my joy!’
          The King expects fruitage from his children in the kingdom.

 

57.  9.17 His Teaching on Divorce

9.17 On finishing his speech, Jesus left Galilee for Judea’s boundary across the Jordan. Great crowds followed and he, as usual, taught and healed them1 there. Some Pharisees came to test him, saying, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for every cause?” He replied, “Haven’t you read that in the beginning, God made them male and female and said, ‘for this reason shall a man leave his parents and cleave to his wife and the two shall become one flesh.’ So, they are one flesh not two. What God has joined together, let no man separate.” The Pharisees asked, “Then, why did Moses command a decree of divorce?”

Jesus replied, “Because of your stubborn hearts, Moses allowed what wasn’t ordained from the beginning. But I say, whoever divorces his wife, except for fornication, and marries another commits adultery.” His disciples said, “If it is so between husband and wife, it’s better not to marry.”

Jesus replied, “Everyone cannot accept this teaching, only those to whom it is given. For some are born eunuchs, some made so by men, and others make themselves eunuchs because of God’s kingdom. Let him who can, accept this.”

          Jesus taught that nothing is too great to sacrifice for the kingdom.

 

58.  6.11a-c Personal Wisdom

6.11 a “Enter through the narrow1 gate, for wide is the gate and broad the way leading to destruction, and many go in. Narrow are both the gate and the way leading to eternal life, and only few find it.

b Beware of false prophets who are hungry wolves disguised as sheep. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?

Mar 23 c So it is, that good trees produce only good fruit, and bad trees only bad fruit. Trees that don’t produce good fruit are cut down and burnt. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.

The good man brings good things out of the good stored in his heart,2 and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored in his heart. For from the abundance of his heart, his mouth speaks.”

d “Not everyone who calls me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does my heavenly Father’s will. In that day many will say, ‘Lord, have we not prophesied and expelled demons and done many wonders in your name?’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, evildoers!’

Jesus taught that few are those who find the narrow way and gate (the Good News) that lead to eternal life, to entry into the kingdom of God.

 

59.  11.11 Parable of Sheep and Goats

 11.11 When the Son of man comes in glory1 with his angels, he will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate them as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goat. The sheep on his right, but the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right. ‘Come, my Father’s blessed2 ones, inherit the kingdom prepared for you since the earth’s foundation. For I was hungry and thirsty, and you gave me food and water. I was a stranger and you housed me; I was naked, you clothed me; I was sick, you cared for me; I was in prison, you visited me.’ Then the righteous will ask, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, and gave you food and water? When did we see you a stranger or naked, and housed and clothed you? When did we see you sick or in prison, and visited you?’ Then the king will answer, ‘Whatever you did for the least of my brethren, you did for me.’3

Oct 15 Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Away, cursed ones, into eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and thirsty, and you gave me no food or water. I was a stranger and you didn’t house me, I was naked and you didn’t clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you didn’t visit me.’ They too will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked or sick, or in prison, and didn’t care?’ He will reply, ‘Whatever you didn’t do for the least of these, you didn’t do for me. You will go to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.’”

God had, since the foundation of the world, prepared the kingdom of eternal life for those who would enter it; and eternal punishment for those who would not enter his kingdom.

 

60.  9.20 Parable of Laborers

9.20 “The heavenly kingdom is like a landowner who hired workers early in the morning. Agreeing to a  day’s wage, he sent them into his vineyard. At midmorning, he told others who were idle at the market, ‘Go also to my vineyard I’ll pay you whatever is right. ’They did.

Going out again at noon and mid-afternoon, he did similarly. Late afternoon he went out and found others standing idle and asked them, ‘Why stand idle all day?’ They replied, ‘No one hired us.’ The landowner said, ‘Go also into my vineyard.’ That evening he said to the foreman, ‘Call the workers for pay, paying the last man first.’ Those hired in the late afternoon each received a   day’s wage. So those hired first came thinking they would receive more, but were also paid a day’s wage. So they protested, ‘These last men worked one hour, but you have made them equal to us, we who bore the burden of the heat of the day.’

He replied one, ‘Didn’t you agree to work all day for a day’s wage? Take what is yours and go. I’ll pay the last person the same as you. Is it not lawful to do with mine money as I wish. Are you envious because I’m generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first, last.1

Jesus taught that there will be leveling of the playing ground  as well as position reversal in the kingdom.

 

61.  10.10 Parable of Two Sons

10.10 “Think of this. A man having two sons said to the first. ‘Go and work in the vineyard today.’ He replied, ‘I won’t.’ Changing his mind later, he went. The father told the second son the same. He answered, I’ll go,’ but didn’t. Which son obeyed?” “The first,” they replied.

Jesus said, “Truly, tax collectors and harlots will enter1 God’s kingdom before you. John came (to you in the way of righteousness) preaching righteousness, but you didn’t believe him, tax collectors and harlots did. After seeing this, you didn’t later repent and believe him.”

          Jesus taught that repentant sinners who believe the Good News, rather than the self-righteous, will enter the kingdom.

 

62.  9.2 Parable of the House Master

9.2 Once the house owner rises and locks the gate, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Lord, open to us’ But he will answer, ‘Where are you from?’ Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ But he will reply, ‘I don’t know where you come from. Away, all you evildoers.’ There will be weeping and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all the prophets in God’s kingdom, but yourselves excluded. People will come from1 the east, west, north and south to feast there. Some now last, will be first; and some now first, will be last.”2

          Jesus taught that repentant sinners who believe the Good News, rather than the self-righteous, will enter the kingdom.

 

 

 

63.  9.6 Parable of the Great Banquet

9.6 A guest said to Jesus, “Blessed is everyone who eats bread in God’s kingdom!”

Jesus replied, “A man giving a banquet1 invited many. At dinner time he sent his servant to tell them, ‘Come. Dinner is ready.’ But they unanimously made excuses. One said, ‘I bought a farm that I must see now. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I bought five ox-ploughs that I must try out. Please excuse me.’ A third said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ The servant reported to his master, who became angry and said, ‘Go into the city streets and lanes and bring in the poor, maim, blind and lame.’ The servant said, ‘Master, your order has been obeyed, but there is still room.’ The master said, ‘Go to the highways and compel strangers to fill my house. For I say, none of those invited earlier will taste my dinner.’”

 

64.  6.17 Second Preaching Tour of Galilee

6.17 Soon afterwards, Jesus traveled through every city and village, preaching God’s1kingdom. The twelve accompanied him, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and diseases2 - Mary Magdalene, delivered from seven demons;3 Joanna, wife of Chuza, Herod’s manager; Susanna and many others who supported them from their own purse.

          Jesus preached the Good News of God's kingdom.

 

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

The kingdom of God is synonymous with the kingdom of heaven. Devout Jews who did not want to pronounce the name God, used "heaven" instead. Other words for the kingdom of God and of heaven are: Eternal Life or Resurrection life.

 

JESUS' PREPARATION FOR MINISTRY

65. Jan 21 3.2 Then Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee asking to be baptized. John protested, saying, “I need to be baptized by you instead. Why come to me?”

Jesus said, “Let it be so for now to fulfill all righteousness.”

After baptism, when Jesus was coming out of the water, praying,1 the heavens opened and John saw2 God’s Spirit descend bodily like a dove upon Jesus, and a voice from heaven3 said, “This is My Son, My Beloved, in whom I am well pleased.” Jesus started teaching at about thirty years of age.4

 

66.  6.42 Sent the Twelve Out in Twos
Don’t fear those who kill the body and not the soul. Instead, fear God14 who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Two sparrows15 cost a coin, yet none can fall to the ground without God permitting.

Apr 29 The very hairs16 of your head are numbered. So don’t worry, you are more important than many sparrows. Whoever confesses17 me before men, I will confess before my heavenly Father and whoever denies me before men, I will deny before my heavenly Father.

Jesus taught that God can destroy both the soul and body in hell, of those who are not in his kingdom.

 67. 6.15 He Promises Rest to the Weary
Mar 31 At that time Jesus prayed, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for hiding these things from the wise and intelligent and revealing them to babes, for so it pleased2 you. My Father has entrusted all to me. Only He knows the Son and only the Son knows Him, as do only those to whom the Son reveals Him. Come to me. all you labor-burdened ones and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Jesus that the Father hides the secret of God's kingdom from the wise and intelligent and reveals it to the ones to whom the Son reveals himself.

68.  10.14 Sadducees on the Resurrection
Sep 23 10.14 The same day, Sadducees who deny the resurrection came asking, “Teacher, Moses said that if a man dies childless, his brother should marry the widow and raise children for him. Now there were seven brothers. The first married and died childless, leaving his wife for his brother. So did the second and the third, down to the seventh. Finally, the woman died. At the resurrection, whose wife will she be since all seven had her?”

Sep 24 Jesus answered, “You err because you neither understand scripture nor God’s power. Unlike sons of this age, those worthy of the new age and the resurrection, are God’s children; they don’t die and won’t marry, but will be like God’s heavenly angels. About the resurrection,    haven’t you read what God said to Moses in the burning bush, ‘I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob’? God isn’t God of the dead, but of the living.” Certain scribes said, “Master, you have answered well,” and stopped questioning him. The crowds were amazed at his teaching. Hearing he had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees met together.

God isn’t God of the dead, but of the living; beings don't die in his kingdom, they are like angels.

69.  13.2 Condemned to Death by Caiaphas and Rulers
Nov. 19 13.2 Annas sent Jesus bound to Caiaphas the high priest, where the chief priests, elders and scribes had gathered. The chief priests and the entire council sought false evidence against Jesus to kill him. They found none because many who testified gave conflicting evidence. Some said, “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy1 this man-made temple and within three days build another without hands.’” Their statements did not agree.

The high priest stood and asked Jesus, “Can’t you answer these charges against you?” Jesus remained silent. Then the high priest asked, “For the living God’s sake,2 are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed God?”

Nov 20 “I AM,3 Jesus answered, “and you will see the Son of man sitting at God’s right hand and coming again on heavenly clouds.”4 The high priest tore his clothes, saying, “What further witness do we need? You have heard him speak blasphemy.5 What is your verdict?” They all condemned him to death. Some spat on him, others blindfolded and slugged him saying, “Prophesy! Christ, who struck you?” The guards welcomed him with slaps.

Jesus sometimes taught that the manifestation of his kingdom was in the future.

70.  16.1 Jesus Had Risen from the Dead
Dec 12 16.1 After the Sabbath, late Saturday afternoon, Mary Magdalene, James’ mother Mary, and Salome bought spices to anoint him.
16.2 Just after sunrise on Sunday, the women went to the tomb, wondering who would roll away the huge stone door. When they arrived, they saw it had already been rolled aside.

A great earthquake had occurred overnight and an angel of the Lord from heaven, whose appearance was like lightning and whose garment was snow white, came to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. The guards shook with fear, becoming like dead men.

An angel from heaven rolled Jesus' tomb stone away and sat on it.

71.  16.2 Women Visited the Tomb at Sunrise
16.2 Just after sunrise on Sunday, the women went to the tomb, wondering who would roll away the huge stone door. When they arrived, they saw it had already been rolled aside. A great earthquake had occurred overnight and an angel of the Lord from heaven, whose appearance was like lightning and whose garment was snow white, came to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. The guards shook with fear, becoming like dead men.

Dec 13 On entering the tomb, the women were startled to see a white-robed man sitting to the right. He said, “Don’t fear, you are looking for Jesus, the Nazarene who was crucified. He isn’t here. He has risen! See where he lay. Go tell the disciples and Peter, He has gone ahead to Galilee,1 you will meet him there, just as he said.’”

While still perplexed and terrified, they looked downwards when two men in shining clothes joined them and said, “Why look for the living among the dead? He isn’t here, he has risen. Remember what he said to you in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered to sinners, crucified and on the third day rise again.” Then they remembered his words.

Jesus rose from the dead. God is God of the living, not of the dead.

72.  17.1 HIS GREAT COMMISSION
Dec 28 17.1 The eleven disciples went to Galilee1 to meet Jesus at the appointed mountain. When he appeared, they worshipped him; but some doubted. He came to them saying, “All authority2 in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey every command I have given you. Lo! I am with you always till the end of the age.”

Dec 29 “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, unbelievers will be condemned.

 

73.  18 SECOND and FINAL ASCENSION
Dec 31 18.1 He led them near Bethany, where lifting his hands, he blessed them and departed. While they were looking, a cloud received him, he was carried up into heaven and sat at God’s right hand.
They worshipped1 him, and with great joy returned to Jerusalem, where they continually stayed in the temple praising God.
          Jesus is at God's right hand in heaven

74.  3.3 John Witnessed to Jesus' Messiahship
Then those sent by the Pharisees asked, “If you aren’t the Messiah, Elijah or the prophet, why do you baptize?”
Jan 23 John said, “I baptize with water, but One stands unknown among you. He is the coming One,1 whose sandals I’m unfit to loosen.”
This happened in Bethany beyond Jordan where John was baptizing.
The next day John saw Jesus approaching and said, “See, God’s Lamb2 who takes away the world’s sin!   I meant him when I said, ‘One greater than I is coming, who existed before me.’ I didn’t know him, but I came baptizing with water to reveal him to Israel.” John witnessed, “I saw3 the Spirit descend from heaven as a dove and rest on him. I didn’t know him, but the One who sent me to baptize said, ‘The One on whom the Spirit descends and remains is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ This I saw and I testify that he is the Son of God.”

The baptism in the Holy Spirit is the enablement of people to believe the Good News.

75.  11.22 Jesus Defined Eternal Life
Nov 8 11.22 Having finished, Jesus looked up to heaven and prayed. “Father the hour has come. Glorify Your Son that he may glorify You.1 You have given him authority2 over mankind, that he may give those You gave him eternal life, which comes from knowing3 You, the only true God, and I, Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
Jesus gives eternal life, by revealing the Father and His Son to believers.