The first coming of Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s promise. In Jesus’ day some thought this promise would bring about political restoration, and they did not understand that the promise centered upon Christ’s atoning work. Alistair Begg assures us that God will build His kingdom, despite attempts to thwart it, as people are convicted, forgiven, and changed by the Spirit of God.
26And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
30And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
33With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. 34He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.
The stories Jesus told described a King and a Kingdom unlike any other. Jesus’ words challenged His hearers to consider the magnitude of their sin and the depth of mercy that they could never deserve. Like those in Jesus’ day, we too are prone to misunderstand how these stories testify to the realities of Christ’s Kingdom. In a culture that is reluctant to embrace absolute truth, it can be convenient to marginalize who Jesus is and why He came to earth. Like the rich young ruler, we may consider ourselves to be moral people with no need for a Savior. We may never have been struck by the weight and gravity of God’s coming judgment, driving us to consider our need for mercy. In this series of messages from the Gospel of Mark, Alistair Begg shows us the necessity of knowing Christ as a gracious Savior, an eternal King, and the One who will ultimately judge the world in righteousness.
|How Does God's Kingdom Grow?||Mark 4:1-12|
|The Seed and the Soils||Mark 4:1-20|
|Careful Listening||Mark 4:21-25|
|The Kingdom of God||Mark 4:26-34|
|One Thing You Lack||Mark 10:17-22|
|Lessons From the Fig Tree, Part One||Mark 11:12-14 Mark 11:20-25|
|Lessons From the Fig Tree, Part Two||Mark 11:23-25|
|"This is About Us!"||Mark 12:1-12|
|The Coming of the Son of Man||Mark 13:24-31|
|A Wake-Up Call!||Mark 13:32-37|