The Future Is As Bright As The Promises Of God

“And He said, ‘How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it? It is like a mustard seed, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that the birds of the air can nest under its shade.’ With many such parables He was speaking the word to them, so far as they were able to hear it; and He did not speak to them without a parable; but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples.” Mark 4:30-34 (NASB)
The mustard seed to which Jesus referred is not the plant from which the familiar seasoning comes. The plant Jesus mentioned grew wild and its leaves were used as “greens.” While the seed may not have been the smallest seed in the world, it was the smallest of which Jesus’ audience would have been aware. This tiny seed, when carefully cultivated, could grow to heights of twelve to fifteen feet–taller than any other garden plants. It grew so large that birds could nest under its shade.
The point that Jesus was making in this parable is that the kingdom of God would have a small, even insignificant, beginning, but would then grow mightily. So it was that the church began on Pentecost with only a few of Jesus’ followers. These devout followers pitted against the might of the Roman Empire whose population numbered into millions seemed like insurmountable odds. Yet today Christ’s Church numbers hundreds of millions around the world, while the Roman Empire lies buried in the musty pages of history.

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Comments on: "The Church Persists And Perseveres According To God’s Purpose" (2)

  1. What a wonderful post! Thanks for explaining & sharing this in a way that makes it that much clearer and applicable to today. 🙂

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