One of the best known parables of Jesus is this parable of the sower. It’s found in Matthew, Mark and Luke, complete with Jesus’s interpretation. It’s the only one of its kind in that regard, and it gives us a “Son of God” view of how the message of the kingdom of God is received in this world along with what are the results.
This parable always makes me look in the mirror and think about my response to the gospel. At least I know I’m not the path. I’ve always had an interest in the word of God and have been convicted be the message. I believe that God created us in His likeness and I regret that we have fallen short of His glory into sin. I know that my sins have separated me from God and that if I die in my sins God will condemn me to eternal destruction in hell. I am convinced that there is nothing I can do to save myself. I’m powerless and hopeless without God. That’s why I’m so thankful for His love and redeeming grace in sending Jesus, His only begotten Son, as a sacrifice to pay for our sins and call us all to come follow Him. I rejoice in the resurrection of Christ from the grave on that third day after the cross. I’m convinced that Jesus Christ is Lord and He will come again to judge the living and the dead in His appearing. God is very real to me and I have answered His call to come. Part of that answer is to share His call with others.
This year as we’ve read through the Bible seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness, I’ve been deeply convicted about that last part. Our King wants fruit from His redeeming work of grace. This evening, in our groups, we will be looking at Jesus death on the cross and asking the question of why?
Look around this room. Everyone here is an answer to that question. You, if you are a Christian, are part of the answer for why Jesus came here and gave His life on the cross. Jesus established His kingdom, He began building His church.
The message of the kingdom is the gospel of Christ!
Look at Matthew 13:19, Mark 4:14, Luke 8:11. Now look at Matthew 24:14,
Notice how Matthew makes it clear that the Word is the message of the kingdom of God. When Paul told Timothy to preach the word, he was telling him to preach about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. This is the message, the good news, that we must spread. Notice in the following passages in Acts what was proclaimed and to whom:
Acts 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
Acts 19:8 And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.
Acts 20:25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.
Acts 28:23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.
Acts 28:31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
So what’s the point? I’m glad you asked! The parable of the sower is the story of the work of the children of the kingdom of God. Jesus sows the seed the first time! Now, we receive the seed, and if we are good soil, we bear fruit, which includes more seed to sow. What if each of us produced 30,60, or 100 seed to sow in the field of this world for the spread of the kingdom? What if we who have received the gospel and believed it were to become sowers together for the kingdom of Christ?
This year we’ve been seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Have you seen it? Have you answered God’s call to follow Christ? Is Jesus Lord of your life? Is He your example and model for living? It’s one thing to call Him Savior and seek His benefits, it’s another to submit to Him as Lord and obey His commandments. Does the church have a lop sided relationship with Jesus today?
I recently heard that only seven percent of evangelicals actually attempt to reach out to anyone who is lost outside of their own family. Many don’t even reach out to those within their own family. If this describes my relationship to Jesus Christ, then I need to repent. If this describes yours, you need to repent.
As we move into next year’s mission theme, let’s be praying for God to help us bring others to Christ. We’ve been seeking the kingdom of God, let’s start sharing what we’ve found thus far! Don’t worry about trying to answer all the questions someone may ask, just share what you know!
Isaiah 6 tells about when the prophet was in the temple and behold, he saw the Lord! Listen to verses 1-8. He saw the King, He saw His sin, He received God’s gracious cleansing, He heard God’s call: “Who will go?” He answered, “Here am I, send me!”
We’ve been reading the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Have you seen the King yet? Have you realized your condition in sin yet? Have you received God’s gracious cleansing yet? Have you heard His call? Will you answer?