Luke 13:18-35

Verses 18-20 teach us that what may seem to be a small and insignificant kingdom with a handful of believers will grow to become a mighty tree, and will spread through the whole world. This should give me hope for the future, that many people I wouldn't expect to be saved will be and should spur on my evangelism so that I will be working with God in this regard.

Having said that many people will be saved, Jesus then explains why many people won't be. There is only one way to enter the kingdom and many ways not to. He warns against thinking that being taught Christianity is enough and that being Jewish isn't enough and that there will come a time when it is too late and "the master of the house has risen and shut the door". So I need to be thankful that God has shown me the narrow gate and evangelise!

In face of opposition, Jesus refuses to change his plans to accomodate people who aren't believers even when it's risky for him. Then he weeps for Jerusalem because of what it has done and will do in killing the prophets, when Jesus would much rather that they could live under his rule as was originally intended. That's an approach I don't often think of – lamenting for those who persecute the Gospel because they aren't living God's way. And, of course, keep telling people the Good News whatever happens.

Heavenly Father, I thank you that under your care and in your plan the church will grow from its humble beginning to become a mighty thing and that has reached the whole earth. I thank you for the countless people like myself who have been shown the way into the kingdom of heaven without having done the tiniest thing to deserve it. Please keep me motivated to spread your word and look forward to the kingdom growing even larger. Amen.


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