What Jesus Did! 'Forceful Kingdom' — Matthew 11:12

Sunday, May 21, 2017

"Since the time John the Baptizer came until now, the kingdom of heaven has been going forward strongly. People using force have been trying to get the kingdom."
— Matthew 11:12 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 11:12 NLT — "Since the time John the Baptizer came until now, the kingdom of heaven has been going forward strongly. People using force have been trying to get the kingdom."

Key Thought

The Kingdom of God is powerful. But it has been, and will continue to be, under the attack of violent men. John is a great reminder of this. The power of his message, the power of God's truth, the power of proclaiming the nearness of the Kingdom led to conflict and death for John. Jesus warns his disciples that they will face similar challenges. But the Kingdom will advance because the power behind it is much stronger than the forces which oppose it. Jesus' warning is clear. If they gave John a hard time because he spoke with power of the coming Kingdom, what do you think they will do to us who live in the power of the Kingdom? We, too, must realize that we have a war on our hands, and, like John, proceed faithfully toward God's goal for us and not our own, realizing that if we are a part of God's Kingdom, we will be victorious.

Today's Prayer

Righteous and Almighty God, please give your servants boldness, courage and conviction today as we seek to share the word of your grace with those who are caught in darkness. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acts 14:21-22
  • Acts 8:12
  • 1 Cor. 4:20

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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