All the People Rejoiced
My passion now is serving as an ambassador of the kingdom of God on earth. I am a citizen of that eternal kingdom first and have been charged with representing that kingdom in this world. I know I am not the only one. In Hebrews 11:13-16 we hear that Abraham “acknowledged that they were strangers and aliens on earth,” and that their desire was for “a better a country, that is, a heavenly one.” Abraham knew that his citizenship was in God’s kingdom and that, as a believer in Yahweh, his duty was to represent him well while living in this alien land.
And this isn’t just for pastors and patriarchs. Anyone who is a follower of Jesus Christ is in the same position and has the same responsibility. Whatever earthly citizenship you happen to have, it will always be secondary to being a citizen of the kingdom of God.
In this week’s passage, Luke 13:10-21, Jesus tells us what the kingdom of God is like with a couple of similes and the healing of a woman disabled with some kind of spinal affliction. As citizens of that kingdom, it will be helpful to know what our country is like so we can be living that reality out in the here and now.
The Gospel of Luke | Pt. 4
All The People Rejoiced
Pastor Todd Dugard // Luke 13:10-21
February 11-12, 2017
You’ll know that the kingdom of God has come to where you are when… (v. 18-21)
• The Lord is getting credit for what’s going on (v. 17c)
• The believers are rejoicing in it all (v. 17b)
• The religious types are being put in their place (v. 14-17a)
• The hurting are being healed and helped (v. 10-13)