As Jesus’ ministry drew to a close, he spoke boldly to about what the Kingdom of God was like. It was a kingdom unlike any other. It was a kingdom in which our earthly expectations collided with God’s spiritual expectations. It was… and is…
An Upside Down Kingdom.
God didn’t turn things upside down; we did. Our rebellion against the Creator has so disfigured our world that it’s hardly recognizable from the way God intended it to operate. But that is why God the Father sent his Son into our world. Jesus came to right our wrongs…to forgive our sins…to give us eyes to see how mixed up we are in this world.
God’s perfect way is so unlike our sinful way, that when Jesus speaks it often sounds like nonsense. He explains what God expects in His Kingdom and it seems upside down:
- First become last and last become first
- We win when we lose, and we lose when we win
- Big things are little and little things become big
- Masters are servants and servants are masters
As the Sundays after Pentecost wrap up, our attention turns back to the Gospel lessons from Mark. The readings are stunning, and Jesus’ message is arresting. Nothing is at it should be, at least that’s the impression Jesus gives us. Hold on tight as we take our own adventure into God’s Upside Down Kingdom.
Dates & Themes
Where the Inside Stains
Mark 7:1-8, 14, 15, 21-23
Calvary Family Reunion Sunday
Where Losing Means Winning
Where the Least are the Greatest
Where the Little Things are Big Things
Where the Children are Blessed
Where the Poor are Rich
Where the Masters are Servants