In Matthew 13:31, 32 Jesus put forth a parable saying, “The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which is indeed the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and next in it’s branches.”
He said that the Kingdom is like a very small seed that becomes very great. It reminds me of Jesus as a tiny little baby born in a stable to poor parents in the land of Israel…..a very small seed in the eyes of man. Yet that seed grew into the leader of a vast kingdom that continues to grow today throughout all the nations of the world.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His Name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end…” Isaiah 9:6, 7 When we are discouraged by what we see in our nation or in the world, we need to remind ourselves that the Kingdom of Heaven is taking over, that the “small seed” is becoming a giant tree! We can look ahead to the coming year expecting that the Kingdom of God will continue to grow. We should rejoice that we have the great privilege of being part of it! Have a blessed Christmas everybody!
- Pastor Virgil Amundson