The Kingdom of God and wineskins

Mark 2:22 (NIV): And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”

What Jesus is doing can’t be fitted in to the existing ways of thinking and living. If people try to do that they’ll have the worst of both worlds. At the time, this meant that Jesus’ powerful kingdom-ministry couldn’t be fitted into the ways of thinking that his fellow first-century Galileans already had. They needed to think differently, to think bigger, to get new wineskins for the new wine he had to offer. Most people are threatened by that kind of challenge. (NT Wright, Mark for Everyone)

Mind-blowing realities of the Kingdom of God

I have finished my little project in Acts and am now making my way through Ephesians. This small letter has played such a massive role in my life in the past 20 plus years, it is a joy to walk through these passages again. I simply can’t grasp the majesty and wonder of what Paul poured into these words.  Continue reading “Mind-blowing realities of the Kingdom of God”

When we will see the glory of our King

Matthew 16:24-28

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

The Lord wants to reveal his glory to his people. But that glory is only revealed through the work of the cross.

Lord, teach me to die daily. It is YOUR Kingdom work, not mine.