Every once in a while, my family (wife, son, and I) will go see a movie together in the theater. We always want to get there early enough to grab a bag of popcorn and settle into our seats several minutes before the movie actually begins. This not only allows us to not be in a rush, but it also makes sure we are present in the theater to watch the movie previews that precede the feature presentation. Often, we will turn to each other after each preview and give either a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” when each trailer plays, indicating our desire to see (or avoid) the movies marketed to us.
As I read Matthew 4:12-25 this week, I feel as if I am watching a “trailer” for the Kingdom of God. Jesus begins His preaching ministry here calling people to “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” In a sense, He was saying, “Hey everyone, prepare yourself! The Kingdom of Heaven is coming soon to ‘theaters’ everywhere!”
Beyond just announcing the coming of the Kingdom, He also revealed some key scenes as to what the Kingdom will be like – blind seeing, lame walking, demonically oppressed freed, etc. As I read the events of this “Kingdom Come” trailer starring Jesus Christ, I find myself giving it two thumbs up! I cannot wait for its arrival. Can you?
We live in a world that is full of challenge, stress, and confusion. Our loved ones get sick and die. Our relationships get confused and complicated. Our actions are misinterpreted or misaligned. Our understanding is limited, and at times we are lonely, discouraged, or in danger of losing heart. As I read of the Kingdom coming, I long for its arrival, based on the promise that the “trailer” from Jesus’ ministry provides.
So what do we need to do to get ready? How do we “purchase” advance tickets for the premiere so we don’t miss out? What should we be doing in the mean time? We will look at answering these questions this Sunday at Wildwood Community Church in our 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 worship services as we conclude our sermon series “Foundations” by looking at Matthew 4:12-25. Make plans to join us this week . . . we will celebrate the Lord’s supper together as well!