Why Jesus’ Preaching of the Kingdom Was So Effective
Jesus’ preaching of the Kingdom message was effective, because He engaged in an approach that integrated proclaiming the Kingdom, teaching people about the Kingdom, showing them the power of the Kingdom, then challenging them to be a part. Christ lived His life to explain the culture of the Kingdom and the necessity of entering the Kingdom. During His three-year ministry, Christ taught the following regarding the Kingdom of God: Jesus’ preaching of the Kingdom message was effective, because He engaged in an approach that integrated proclaiming the Kingdom, teaching people about the Kingdom, showing them the power of the Kingdom, then challenging them to be a part. Christ lived His life to explain the culture of the Kingdom and the necessity of entering the Kingdom. During His three-year ministry, Christ taught the following regarding the Kingdom of God:
• The Kingdom of God is spiritual – John 4:24
• The Kingdom is to be valued above all else – Matthew 13:44-45
• The Kingdom must be sought out – Matthew 6:33
• You must be born again to see and enter the Kingdom – John 3:3-5
• The Kingdom is redemptive and causes men to repent – Matthew 21:32
• The Kingdom is multicultural – Matthew 13:47
• His Kingdom was not of this world – John 18:36
• The mysteries of the Kingdom was privileged information – Mark 4
• The Kingdom is a present and future reality – Matthew 10:5-7; 12:28
The Kingdom was first offered to the Jews and then the Gentiles (Matthew 8:11-12; 21:43-44):
“And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. ere will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
“Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a na-tion bearing the fruits of it. And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whom-ever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”
John 1 says that He came to His own but His own did not receive Him, but to them that received Him, He gave the right to become the sons of God if they would believe in His name ( John 1:12). We, the Gentiles, were allowed access to the Kingdom of God be-cause God’s original covenant people, the Jews, did not receive Him. This does not mean all the Jews, because the first Kingdom citizens were Jews. But the disci-ples/apostles were also Jews and the book of Acts records the active salvation of Jew-ish people until Acts 8 when the Samaritans were brought into the Kingdom. From Acts 10 through the remaining chapters, the Gentile world was under Kingdom siege! You and I have been given entrance into the Kingdom of God because Israel as a nation, its leaders and those who they influenced, by the design of God, rejected Christ as King. The gospel of Matthew suggests this about the Kingdom of God: the Jews did not re-ceive the message of Christ, so it became available to the Gentiles, or non-Jewish peo-ple. The Gentiles would be those that would receive Him and call on upon Him and be saved.
Jesus came preaching the good news of the Kingdom to everyone that would hear His message, revealing how the Kingdom functions and how people can gain entrance into the Kingdom.
It is crystal clear that Jesus’ focus was upon the Kingdom of God, and today our churches are focusing upon the church and in a lot of church circles, secular humanism. It is Kingdom time, and through the ministry of Jesus, God has made the Kingdom of God available to you and me.