If you’ve been following this blog for a while, then you know the concept (probably the wrong term) of the Kingdom of Heaven has been on my mind a lot lately. In an earlier blog, “The Kingdom Of Heaven,” I was thinking in terms of how it applied to J wanting us to have abundant life here on Earth. Yet, as I’ve gone back and looked up the various references by Christ, I’ve become even more convinced that the Kingdom of Heaven, while very important, was not intended to be simple.
Today, I found myself in the parables in the Gospel of Matthew and they all seem to be about the nuances of the Kingdom of Heaven. The one that jumped out at me today in particular was the parable of the weeds. In it, the good sower plants good seed and an enemy follows behind him sowing in bad seed to contaminate the crop (see Matthew ch. 13).
It’s a familiar parable that’s not hard to understand: good people and bad people are living side by side with the bad ones trying to corrupt the good ones. The eventual outcome of the harvest is one of comfort for the good seed and horror for the bad.
OK, so what’s this got to do with my understanding something of the Kingdom of Heaven? It comes in J’s explanation of the parable to his disciples. The parable compares the kingdom to the sower of the good seed. J explains that it is the Son of Man (ie himself) who is the sower who sows the good seed, which he explains are the “sons of the kingdom.”
This is the aspect of the kingdom of Heaven that I’m hearing today, it plants “good” into the world, which is what J did at the beginning of the world and reaffirmed or reasserted with his life and work on Earth. I remember a live recording of a song by Resurrection Band called “Jesus Is All.” J is, indeed, all in all, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised to find the Kingdom of Heaven within all that he is to us.
One final thought on this parable: J describes us as “sons of the kingdom.” It’s a very subtle reference to our adoption as children of God. We are part of a kingdom that has been invaded by evil and this very short parable gives us a quick overview of a war we’ve been born into and our quite special place within it.
The Kingdom of Heaven is a big universe and I’m looking forward to continuing to grow in my understanding of it. Wow, this is one aspect I’m going to have to spend more time on! Who knows what tomorrow will bring?