Kingdom

Matthew 8:11-12 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of Heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
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So who are the subjects that Jesus was talking about? Throughout the Bible we see that the nation that God has set out for Himself was the nation of Israel. He delivered them through many afflictions , wars and from kings who wanted to destroy them. So the subjects of the Kingdom are the Jews , but here we see Jesus saying that the subjects will be thrown outside. The Jews, teachers of the law did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah, who could forgive sins. Luke 5:20-21 When Jesus saw their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? who can forgive sins but God alone?” The Pharisees made it their business to accuse Jesus falsely, gave one of his disciple money so that he could betray him, and with that, Jesus was crucified and died on the cross. John 1:10-11 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.

I personally have seen children whom the parents had given them everything and all that money could buy, but these same children, rebelled against their parents and did things to spite them. A child who has never known what it means to lack, everything that their parents have is theirs, yet all they ever do is squander their parents property with women, alcohol and drugs. They don’t have any sense of respect, they don’t know what it means to work, all they ever know is to party. Not that their parents haven’t taught them the right ways, no, but rather they have chosen to do the exact opposite of everything they have been taught. Most of the times, you will see that some parents will leave them out of their will, or leave all their property to a certain organisation that helps the needy. Whenever we see this, people think to themselves, “oh this parent didn’t love their children, this one was selfish, didn’t want his property to be enjoyed by anyone else,” and so many other things. Well if you have children who will not establish that which you so dearly loved and sacrificed for it, why should they get the inheritance? why not give it to someone who needs it, someone who will keep your name and make it known throughout the generations?

We are all children of God, children of the Most High.  Our God went to prepare a place for us and one of these days, He will come back for us. Will He find you speaking blasphemy against Him? Will He find you not taking care of His own? (the needy, the homeless, the orphans), or will He find you ready spreading His Gospel to all nations, will He find you blameless and ready to go home? I don’t know about you but I certainly want Him to find me ready, I want Him to find me doing what He has called me to do, to spread His Word, to spread His Love, to do His Will. To partake at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven. The choice is yours, make the wise decision to follow Jesus Christ the Saviour of the world!

 

Blessings!

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