The Early Church – The Kingdom of God

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“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.” Matthew 4:23

The message of Jesus was the Kingdom of God on earth. In the kingdom of the world, powerful leaders lord it over others. They want everyone to know that they are powerful and they can do what they want. The Kingdom of God is governed in a wholly different way. It is governed by love and service. Jesus came as the suffering servant. “He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with the deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.  He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” (Isaiah 53:3-5) Jesus tells us, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14) Not many of us want to be a servant, we want to be the leader. That is why the way to the Kingdom of God is a difficult way. The concept of the early church was that of being a servant. This was one of the reasons for their growth. Today our church needs to be a church that serves and this will bring in the Kingdom of God.

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