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It is your Father's Good Pleasure to give you the Kingdom

Sweetwater Recorder

By Ronald G. Currell

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church,

Jesus said, "It is your Father’s Good Pleasure to give you the Kingdom."

After Jesus and His Disciples had returned to Capernaum, they faced the same people there, the same people and the same Pharisees. They hadn’t changed even after all the preaching He’d done on previous occasions. The people were still earthly-minded. They still tended their flocks and their olive groves and many still fished the Sea of Galilee and they attended a synagogue that didn’t penetrate their lives. Capernaum was a prosperous city, not just a fishing village, like so many others along the coast. The land and the Sea of Galilee provided abundance and for the most part the Roman Garrison provided security, still they were a people who were anxious about a great many things. They were overly concerned about worldly things. And the Pharisees were still against Him. Jesus thought back to the tempting Pharisees.

The Pharisees had said to him, "Behold, why is it on the Sabbath day that Your Disciples do that, which is not lawful?" And Jesus had replied to them, "Have you never read what David did, when he had need, and was hungered, he, and they that were with him? How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the showbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?" And then He had said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore, the Son of Man is Lord also of the Sabbath."

Knowing this, Jesus turned to the people and addressed their present situation in concrete terms. He said, "…. Do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you." So, Jesus was telling them that the Kingdom of God is something to be sought after -- now. The Kingdom of God was something to be obtained -- now. Being anxious was something that shows a lack of faith. For the Lord had provided these things already.

Jesus went on and told them that this Kingdom of God is something that the Father wanted to bestow upon them. Jesus said, "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."

This same Kingdom of God is still around us, if we have the eyes to see it, if we have eyes for more than earthly things. This same Kingdom of God is still for the seeking and for the asking in the present tense. And it is still the Father’s good pleasure to give us this Kingdom of God -- now. And with it, the Father supplies our daily requirements.

Just as the people of Sweetwater need different Christian experiences, the various Christian Churches offer different expressions of the same faith. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church offers a quiet, respectful hour dedicated to God every Sunday Morning at 11:00 AM, preceded by a thought-provoking Bible Class at 9:45, where we discuss intriguing passages from the Scriptures. Drop by some time. See us on the Internet and experience our online chapel at www.ststephens.net.

Please make plans to attend your Church-of-choice this coming Sunday.

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