Scripture: Luke 17:20-21; Matthew 23:25-28
This Sunday is Celebration Sunday where we celebrate the first year of our eighth grade confirmation journey. The primary question that our eighth graders are trying to answer is: do I want to be a Christian? For me, the reason why I was eventually able to answer yes to this question is because I believe in Jesus’ primary mission. What is Jesus’ primary mission?
Some people might say that Jesus’ primary mission is to save your soul so that God will grant you access to heaven. Personally, I do not believe that God sent us Jesus so we could have a golden ticket that will allow us to enter the pearly gates after we die. No, I believe God sent us Jesus so that Jesus could establish God’s kingdom on Earth. The reason I believe that this is Jesus’ primary mission is because these are the first words that Jesus speaks in Mark’s gospel: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” (Mk 1:15)
The kingdom of God is a world where every person has enough food to eat and water to drink. Every person has a roof over their heads. Every person is treated for the illnesses. No one is forgotten. The way this is achieved is through every human being living according to God’s way of life, which revolves around Jesus’ teachings in the gospels.
So even though the kingdom of God is something that is created in the physical world, the kingdom of God actually begins inside of us. You have to go through a spiritual transformation on the inside in order to create the kingdom on the outside. You have to create the kingdom of God on the inside of your heart first and then we can build the kingdom in the world. This is going to be the focus of the sermon on Sunday: how do we create God’s kingdom inside of our hearts so we can create God’s kingdom in the world?
This Sunday is going to be a wonderful celebration of all the hard work of our eighth graders. I hope to see you on Sunday. Stay dry with your family!