The Kingdom of Heaven is Compared . . .

The Kingdom of Heaven is compared . . . is the beginning of Jesus’ parable in Matthew 22. He tells of a king who arranges a marriage for his son and prepares an extravagant wedding feast. Invitations are sent to those aware of the king’s marriage arrangement and the king’s servants are forced to return with reports of indifference and hostility toward his gracious offer. They did not understand that the king had a much larger design. Had they honored the king, they would have become the object of the marriage and partakers of the king’s realm.

Ephesians 5 tells us that marriage is the mystery of the church becoming one (a composite single person) with Messiah Jesus.

Jesus prays in John 17 for those who have believed the truth of the king’s passionate invitation to join him in an eternal relationship. Jesus prays, “that may they may be one; even as You, Father, are in me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent me.”

We may well spend the rest of our lives apprehending the enormity of that potential. But first of all, our oneness and singular devotion to him is that the world may see that he has truly come, and we are on display as proof.

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