Did Jesus Have A Favorite Message?
Most preachers have a favorite sermon, in the same way most artists have a favorite painting, and most singers a favorite song. Have you ever stopped to consider if Jesus did? Perhaps a better way to phrase this is to ask did he have a favorite subject he chose to speak about? And if he did, what was it? Perhaps it was the subject of salvation or forgiveness? Or maybe it was faith and miracles? It may surprise you to discover that the subject Jesus spoke more about than any other was, ‘The kingdom of God’. In fact, he framed all his other teachings around this one central theme.
At the very core of the ‘Lord’s prayer’ is found the statement, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”.
From the commencement of Jesus’ ministry he began to preach, “The good news of the kingdom” (Matthew 4:23). His very first message was, “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). At the very core of the ‘Lord’s prayer’ is found the statement, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. Yes, it appears Jesus had a favorite sermon.
he gathered his disciples together and for forty days he taught them about one thing - the kingdom of God!
What convinced me most of this wasn’t simply his emphasis on the kingdom throughout his earthly ministry, but the realization that Jesus made it the most important subject he spoke about after he was raised from the dead! Luke begins the Book of Acts by telling us that after the resurrection Jesus appeared to his apostles over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God (Acts 1:1-3). Having accomplished the work of salvation one could be excused to think Jesus had no need to remain here any longer, but he did. And how did he chose to spend his time, he gathered his disciples together and for forty days he taught them about one thing - the kingdom of God!
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