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Bible Passage Luke 13:18-35
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books Acts, EZEKIEL, Luke, Matthew.

Growth into the Kingdom

Date preached September 8, 2022

18 Then He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it?

19 It is like a tiny mustard seed, which a man took and cast into his garden; and it grew and developed into a great tree, and the birds of heaven roosted in its branches.”

20 And again He said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God?

21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour until all was leavened.”

22 Now He was going through the cities and villages teaching while making progress toward Jerusalem.

23 And one said to Him, “Lord, are those who are being saved few?” Then He said to them,

24 “Strive with your whole being to enter in through the narrow gate; for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in, but shall not be able.

25 Once the Master of the house has risen up and has shut the door, and you begin to stand outside the door and knock, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us’; then shall He answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you or where you are from.’

26 And you shall begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You have taught in our streets.’

27 And He shall say, ‘I tell you, I do not know you or where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of unrighteousness.’

28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves are cast out.

29 Then they shall come from the east and the west, and from the north and the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.

30 And behold, there are the last who shall be first and the first who shall be last.”

31 On the same day certain Pharisees came to Him, saying, “Go out and depart from this place because Herod desires to kill You.”

32 And He said to them, “Go and say to that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and complete healings today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected;

33 But it is necessary for Me to proceed today and tomorrow and the following day; because it is not possible for a prophet to perish outside of Jerusalem.

34 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who have been sent to you; how often would I have gathered your children, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you refused!

35 Behold, your house is left to you desolate. And truly I say to you, you shall not see Me at all until the time comes that you say, ‘Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord.’


The mustard seed is very tiny. Matthew emphasizes this (Matthew 13:31-32). The kingdom of God had a very small beginning, with just a few disciples. But it grew and now, disciples are all over the world.

At that time, a tree was a picture language for a powerful nation. The birds in its branches were the nations to which it gave protection (Ezekiel 17:22-24). People of all nations will find their spiritual security in God’s kingdom. Hallelujah!

The yeast is a picture of the difference that the kingdom makes to society. The yeast affects the dough. In a similar way, the Christian faith affects society and improves it. The people of Thessalonica said that Christians had ‘turned the world over the other way’ (Acts 17:6). Yeast changes dough. Faith in Jesus the king changes people and society.

In Jewish discussions, they often believed that many of them will escape God’s punishment while Gentiles would be punished.

Though Jesus asked the people to struggle to enter the narrow gate, He did not suggest that people can enter the kingdom by their own efforts. He was emphasizing that salvation is an urgent matter. People cannot postpone a decision to follow Jesus. Their opportunity to enter God’s kingdom does not last forever.

The opportunity we have in Christian communities and Christian fellowships must be properly utilized to assist us to enter the gate. Our relationship with the people of God is not enough. We must practice what we hear.

The Jews believed that they could not trust a fox. Fox was an animal that was constantly destroying things. Foxes were of little worth. Jesus compared Herod to this animal. Jesus continued His work. He forced out demons and healed people. But soon He would finish this work. He ‘must’ go to Jerusalem but not because of Herod’s wish. God planned that Jesus would go there. It would be when God wanted. It would not be when Herod wanted. Jerusalem was a ‘holy’ city because the Temple was there. But they had often killed prophets there. Jesus was a prophet too.

🔷The kingdom of God provides an end to our troubles. We must be children of the kingdom of God

🔷 Mere knowledge of God or association with Christians will not take us to God. We must practice our faith.

🔷 If your Christian pace is compared with that of others, then you will likely lose everything and become last. Fix your eyes on Jesus so you do not be one last.

💥 Pray that we shall be able to enter into God’s kingdom and celebrate Him
💥 Pray that no human wish will change God’s original plan for us

After all the struggles of this life, we shall surely be called to God for an account. We must take advantage of the life we have to celebrate a worthy life with Jesus. We have limited time.

In series Bright Morning Reflections