Beginning Small, Loving Large

This Sunday (2/20/2011) we will read from what is essentially an essay about Jesus’ life by writer identified by the name Mark.  Specifically, Jesus use of the parable of the mustard seed.  Jesus told these parable to convey good news to His hears, “as much as they could understand.”  It was to His followers that He explained it more fully.  What kingdom quality is Jesus trying to convey to the crowd?  Why is this good news?  What questions about the parable would you have for Jesus is you wanted a better understanding? 

Mark 4:30-34

30Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. 32Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.”
33With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. 34He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.

One thought on “Beginning Small, Loving Large

  1. Jesus’ parables are amazing. They are so much more than an illustraion, but a lasting description of an aspect of the Kingdom of God. Verses 33-34 states that he talks in parable but explains it more with His followers. The more I meditate on this parable of he mustard seed, the more I understand and the more I seek to experience.

    BEGINNING SMALL, GROWING BIG – God’s offer of a new alternative kingdom began with God drawing near in the flesh of a child, Jesus. Seeming almost insignificant yet threatened more people that He would be killed on a brutal cross at about 33 years of age. Three days later He is seen/touched by more that 500 people and ascends to Heaven. Followers continue to be killed for these facts and for His teachings. Faithful living of God’s kingdom of life still threatens earthly kingdoms and personal lives.

    GROWING BIG, LOVING LARGE – The aspect of this threat is different. It’s not by winning aurguments or storming castles. The mustard seed grows to a tree that is attractive by aroma, fruit and shade. This alternative living God’s kingdom impacts by the aroma of compassion in daily living. It draws by offering fruit of joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, etc (cf Gal 5:22f). And this kingdom always offers safety from injustice. Doesn’t seem threatening, but it is because to live this we must give up self for others.

    Good news of the kingdom is offered to you. May it grow within you as you bear the very aroma, fruit & safty of Christ. Live it in your homes, with your family and friends. Live it with your neighbors and strangers that God brings in your life. Live it with your church, the gathering of Christ-followers. Lord, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. AMEN

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