Dear Lord,All the nations shall come to adore YouAnd glorify Your name, O LordFor You are great and do marvelous deeds,You alone are God.Show me, Lord Your way, so that I may walk in your truth.Guide my heart to fear Your name.Oh Jesus my God, You showed God’s love for me.Help me always to do your will to truly show God I love Him too. Amen
to elaborate Jesus’ teaching of theKingdom of God through His stories,parables and works of miracle;cite personal experiences of theKingdom of God; pray regularly as Jesus did.
The Kingdom of Godmessage is the centerof Jesus’ preaching.His Passion, Death,Resurrection andAscension expressthe reality of this.
a.) Jesus’ K o G Message…K o G in the Preaching of Jesus b1) K o G- message of Jesus Programmatic Statement - (Mt.1:15) - “The time has come near and the KoG is at hand repent and believe”.- This might not be the very word of Jesus but this might be the intention of Jesus to preach the Kingdom.
-Jesus said this words right at the beginning of His ministry and until the end.-This is the summary of Jesus’ preaching. It is placed at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. This is programmatic – something that would tell about Jesus’ teaching throughout His entire ministry.
b2) K o G – Kingdom sayings of Jesus▪ Direct State: Mk.9:1; 10:15; Mt.3:2; 5:3; Lk.$:43; 9:62▪ Indirect Statement: many parables about the Kingdom.- There are two kinds of parables about the Kingdom: about a heavenly banquet – Mt.8:11ff growth parables – Mk.4:1-9
The word “ Parable ” comesfrom the Latin parabola,meaning a comparison.A parable is a word-picturewhich uses an image or storyto illustrate a truth or lessonParables invite us to makecomparisons between a storydrawn from familiar everydaylife and some other lessevident, perhaps hidden,reality.
In most of the parables, we have:The advent of the coming of Godthrough the preaching and activityof Jesus. The discovery of theKingdom present in the world bringsabout a dramatic change andreversal in lifestyle.
This brings about change of valuesand set of priorities. But mostoutstanding is the content emphasisthat is placed on the praxis (action).It is directed towards atransformation of historical situationof individuals and existing structureswithin society.
Presentation of AssignmentIndividual Task: Show your visualization/drawing about your understanding of the Kingdom of God. If you will be asked to describe your understanding in one word or a phrase, what would it be?
b3) Kingdom acts – this refers to the miracles of Jesus.Understanding the miracles:-The Bible defines miracle as an extraordinary occurrence, a sign or wonder which allows one to surmise that God is at work.
A miracle- is an unusual event which is understood as one of God’s mighty works. These unusual events are called miracles or wonders because of their ability to astonish and surprise people, their ability to make man marvel and wonder.
The word “ Miracle ” itself is misleading.The word derives from the Latin mirare,to gaze at, to stare fixedly at, to wonderat In the original Greek however, theword used by the synoptic gospels isdynameis, meaning “ works of God’spower. ”
By miracles, we aretold about liberationand reconciliation.There is harmonyand unity of allthings especiallybetween God andhumanity.
Theological Significance of Miracles :a. The miracles are signs of Kingdom of God’s arrival. The K o G is not purely Spiritual reality but physical one too. Hence, the physical-visible dimension of the Kingdom is the restoration of all well being in the world.
b. The miracles are signs of Jesus’ eschatological power.- His mission and authority is to be understood not through power but through obedience to God’s will.
c. Miracles are signs for faith but not the basis of faith, but the sense of wonder created by a miracle can lead us to faith.- In the case of the Gospel miracles it presupposes faith, confidence and trust in Jesus, but it is not yet the post-Easter faith.
Miracles of Jesus- Jesus as a Miracle Worker – He performed miracle normally responded to human needs.- In performing miracle, He relies on His own power. Signs flowed out from Him.
Miracles are classified as:1. Exorcism- Exorcism points to the coming of the reign of God.- We find Jesus restoring the person back to himself so that he may use his power for his personal decision.- Jesus has to destroy the kingdom of
2. Healing – when Jesus performed healing for sick people. - they are still active thus they can still make a decision for themselves.
3. Miraculous Rescues and Gifts– these miracles points to the new community of the saved. It is Jesus’ intervention for the benefit of the people. Example: multiplication of bread
4. Rising of the Dead– they are really experiences of resurrection, but should not give an impression that their experience of rising from the dead be equated with the resurrection of Jesus.
Purpose of the Miracles of Jesus– miracles is proofs of Jesus’ divinity.- The reason: only God can perform miracles, thus Jesus is divine.
Jesus’ Motive for miracles- Jesus’ only motive for performing miracles was his great compassion for the people.- His only desire was to liberate people from suffering.