The kingdom of heaven is a theme that we find a lot in the gospels and it is mentioned 33 times in the book of Matthew. Jesus talked about it a lot and sent his disciples to do the same.
The main thing that stands out to me as I read about the Kingdom of Heaven, is that how great it is!
It is described to be like a hidden treasure and precious pearl, that when found, we should do all we can to make sure it becomes ours, because the kingdom of heaven is like…
a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field
a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls
How do we enter the kingdom of heaven?
Because the Kingdom of Heaven is near, we need to not delay. We need to repent of our sins and turn back to God.
It can be entered, BUT not everyone who wants to enter can enter the kingdom or God. It is very hard for a rich person to enter. Only those who do God’s will can enter.
A person needs to be super righteous – and we all miss that mark. So unless we turn from our sins and become like little children, we will never get in.
God wants people to be there and sent messengers to tell people how they can enter, but some came up with reasons and refused to enter. And that refusal makes God angry!
God is also sad because there are people who refuse to enter and do things that stop others from entering.
Who will be there and what will it be like?
It is for children and adults. Anyone who becomes as humble as a little child is the greatest there. Some will be great there. Some will be lesser.
What we do on earth can affect what happens in heaven.
Those who are last now will be first there, and those who are first here will be last there.
People who are poor and realise their need for him can have it and are called blessed, BUT If you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least there. SO you can be there, but not as highly ranked it seems.
We learn that there will be great feast there where gentiles are Jews will celebrate at a banquet.
There are secrets about the kingdom of Heaven that not everyone was permitted to know or understand.
From some to the parables that Jesus, told we learn that you don’t need a lot of it for it to have great affect.
The Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people are attacking it.
Interestingly both righteous and wicked people are there, but at the end of the age, God’s angels will separate them and send them to different destinations.
People need to be ready at the end and the day and time of its arrival is not completely known – but there are signs of its coming.
As you go living obediently to Jesus today, go and announce to people about the Kingdom of Heaven.