“What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it?"
It's easy to imagine that when Jesus spoke these words to his eager and enthusiastic disciples they would have had a difficult time restraining themselves from answering Jesus' question. After all, the language Jesus uses here is the language they would have been familiar with because it was the language of the Scriptures. For instance, in Isaiah 40.18, the prophet asks a similar question when he says, "to whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him?" Then later in verse 25, he asks another comparable question, only this time from God's perspective: "To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal?"
It's no doubt that in hearing Jesus' statement the disciples would of have had these verses come to mind, as well as, their subsequent declaration of the power and might of God, and the powerful and mighty kingdom that awaits God's people.
But Jesus sets them up.
Instead of drawing from these powerful images, he says the kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, seemingly small and insignificant at first, but ultimately growing and spreading its life-giving rule to all.
Join us this Sunday as we explore in more detail this countercultural teaching of Jesus and its implications for us today, in our series: The Jesus Parables | Seeing & Hearing The Invitation To Life.
Grace and peace,