Matthew – Fulfilled
When something you have waited and longed for finally happens do you nonchalantly keep doing life as it is and not celebrate? Do you stay quiet about it? Not on your life! We celebrate, we feast with food that is tasty, we invite our friends over and tell them the good news!
Jesus is asked by John’s followers (who are probably a little lost without him because of his horrible execution), why don’t you and your disciples fast and follow the religious practices we have all been taught? Jesus’ response was as valuable and poignant then as it is for us now! Let us back track to yesterday’s passage where Jesus tells the Pharisees, “I’m after mercy, not religion. I’m HERE to invite the outsiders, not coddle insiders.” The real message in this quote and the next we will read is…I’M HERE…KINGDOM COME…IS HERE WITH YOU RIGHT NOW. What you have waited for…is HERE.
Matthew 9, The Message
14 A little later John’s followers approached, asking, “Why is it that we and the Pharisees rigorously discipline body and spirit by fasting, but your followers don’t?”
15 Jesus told them, “When you’re celebrating a wedding, you don’t skimp on the cake and wine. You feast. Later you may need to pull in your belt, but not now. No one throws cold water on a friendly bonfire. This is Kingdom Come!”
16-17 He went on, “No one cuts up a fine silk scarf to patch old work clothes; you want fabrics that match. And you don’t put your wine in cracked bottles.”
Think about it…
Jesus is the long awaited Messiah and those who have formed a religion out of the wait are not recognizing that the wait is over. The Kingdom of God is sitting right in front of them in the Person of Jesus Christ, His Son. The Messiah is showing them the intent of the Law, the joys of salvation and demonstrating mercy and grace to all people. Love God, Love each other is the message and intent of the original Law. This is Kingdom come! This is relationship.
When we pray, “May Your Kingdom come” as Jesus taught us to pray, do we recognize Him when He works in our lives? Do we celebrate Kingdom Come when we do recognize Him? Do we spread the news of Kingdom Come to others? Does Kingdom Come show on our faces? Kingdom Come is not some far off wait in heaven. Kingdom Come is living in us now! We are redeemed, set free. We are not striving to satisfy a religion. Because of Kingdom Come, we are celebrating a relationship that is forever! Let’s eat cake and celebrate!
Dear Heavenly Father, Hallowed is Your Name. May Your Kingdom Come into our hearts, minds and souls and reign supremely! May Your Will be done in our walk and talk. Give us this day our daily manna from your Word that will nourish and feed us. And forgive us our sins of doubt and self seeking as we forgive others who merely offend us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil and evil’s schemes to distract us from Kingdom Come. For Your have all power, to You be all glory, honor and praise today and forever more.
In Jesus Name, Amen