Day 94 – Kingdom Greatness
On: February 2, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” (All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right, because they had been baptised by John. But the Pharisees and the experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptised by John). Luke 7:28-30

John the Baptist was the last in a long line of great Old Testament prophets – “no one greater”, says Jesus “was born of woman”. Jesus, though, ushered in a new regime, where anyone accepting His offer of grace and “born again” (John 3:3) into a new, everlasting Kingdom would be “greater” than their predecessors. A box has been opened and unimaginable riches can be ours if we will but accept them.

No reason to get puffed up, though, as the greatness talked about here is not greatness of performance or status but greatness of privilege and blessing. How fortunate we are, not how fabulous! If this doesn’t ring true for me, it is my pride that struggles with the idea that the greatest thing that I can achieve is through humble submission to Jesus, not straining every sinew. This glorious revelation by Peter is all for me: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

Prophets of old foresaw it, Old Testament Israelites had glimpses of it, but those of us living now, in the Age of the Spirit, can experience it for real:

New life in a New Kingdom, Forever, Now! Is there anything greater?

among those born of women there is no one greater than John yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he

Prayer:

Father God, I declare Your praises, the One who called me out of darkness into Your wonderful light. Hallelujah and Amen.

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