Proclaim the Kingdom

Today’s reading is Luke 9.

Yesterday we learned the gospel is the message of the kingdom. We should not be surprised when we see in today’s reading that Jesus sent out His apostles to “proclaim the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:2) or that when the crowds came to Jesus He spoke to them about the kingdom (Luke 9:11). We certainly need to proclaim the good news that individuals may be saved by the blood of Jesus. But let us never forget that we are proclaiming a kingdom. We are proclaiming THE kingdom. The kingdom has come and we may be part of it. Let us not put our hand to the plow and look back; let us press on in the strength of our Victorious King. And let us proclaim the victorious King and usher others into His victorious kingdom.

Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 10.

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Good News of the Kingdom

Today’s reading is Luke 8.

Of course, I’m aware that the heart of the gospel/good news message is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus for the remission of our sins. However, have you ever noticed that in the gospel accounts it is referred to as the “good news of the kingdom of God”? It is good news that Jesus died for our sins and rose again. But why? Because that death and resurrection was the victory of our King. That death and resurrection was the demonstration our King reigns. That death and resurrection shows that nothing, not even death, can defeat our King and His Kingdom. That is good news. Let’s tell someone about the victory of our King and our kingdom today.

Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 9.

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It’s All About the Message

Today’s reading is Luke 7.

Have you ever noticed that John the Baptist came teaching with one method, Jesus came teaching with another. The same people who rejected John, rejected Jesus. The same people who accepted Jesus, accepted John. What does that tell you? Salvation is about the message, not the method. Obviously, we don’t learn from this to be jerks who teach the gospel. The point to be learned is salvation comes from the message, from the Gospel of the Kingdom. We aren’t making disciples because we are being nice like we all believe Jesus was. We are making disciples when we are sharing Jesus’s message.

Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 8.

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