In the ﬁrst book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, un;l the day when he was taken up, a=er he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them a=er his suﬀering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; Acts 1:1-‐4 (ESV)
The Kingdom of God • Jesus launched His ministry by preaching the Kingdom. • His parables revealed and explained God’s Kingdom. • His miracles demonstrated the Kingdom. • His death, resurrec;on, and Pentecost inaugurated God’s Kingdom.
Jesus Started by PREACHING the Kingdom …saying, “The ;me is fulﬁlled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15 (ESV)
Jesus Started by PREACHING the Kingdom And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, Mark 4:11 (ESV)
Jesus Started by PREACHING the Kingdom And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scaOer seed on the ground. Mark 4:26 (ESV)
Jesus Started by PREACHING the Kingdom And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? Mark 4:30 (ESV)
That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What is this conversa;on that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood s;ll, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and cruciﬁed him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, and when they did not ﬁnd his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.
Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suﬀer these things and enter into his glory?” Luke 24:13-‐27 (ESV)