Mark 4:26-29 "He also said, "The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.""
Thy kingdom come. Even though the Kingdom of God comes by itself without our prayer, we pray in this petition that it may come to us also. God's kingdom comes when our heavenly Father gives us his Holy Spirit, so that by his grace we believe His holy Word and lead godly lives here in time, and there forever.
If we are to pray: "The Kingdom come." It seems that we must know whose kingdom it is, what kind of a kingdom it is, and how it comes. And that will be the 3 parts of tonites sermon. Whose kingdom? What kind of kingdom? How does it come?
It may be self-evident that the kingdom in question is Godís kingdom. But experience shows that we are more likely to act as lords, than is the Lord of All, who when he came bring salvation was found in a servantís form. When we say "Thy Kingdom" we are in the same breath, saying not mine. However this often gets lost, and as usual this is part of Satanís deception. It usually goes, that do owes us, this or that, on account of a variety of things we have done for him. It may seem reasonable, and thatís where the deception lies, for the one thing that Satan wants us to forget is the size of the debt from just one sin, and failing that to prevent us from remembering that we sin much daily. When we see our true state, which is aptly portrayed in the words we use for confession "poor miserable sinner" we realize that the only thing we can do, when we come before God is beg for mercy, and ask him to have pity on us -- If Satan were to get us to ask for what we deserve, everyone who asked would instantly find themselves eternally in the torment of Hell. Think about what we confess, we donít say merely that Jesus is our savior from sin, our redeemer and our friend,... Satan might not like such a confession, but he can accept it, for it misses the one necessary thing, the acknowledgment that Jesus is our Lord, Jesus purchased and won us from sin death and the devil, and we are His. Jesus has a right to rule us, he has a right to expect our worship, praise and honor. So when we say "THY Kingdom" we are remembering all that God in Christ has done for us.
It remains however for us to understand just what Godís kingdom is. We may well remember Jesus wordís to Pilate, "My kingdom is not of this world." For this, Satan works to mislead us saying, well, if His kingdom is not of this world, in this world you can do what you want, so long as you are ready when this other kingdom comes; and thereís plenty of time to get ready for that later. As I said this is Satanís deception. What is the kingdom that the gospel is so concerned about? It is simply this, the restoration of the right relationship that was lost when man fell into sin. Before sin, man could come into the presence of God and speak with him, and he was not afraid, but he was holy and righteous, just as God had created him to be, for God created man in the image of God. The coming of the kingdom of God, then is Godís work to mend the relationship that we broke by sin, and to restore the image of God in us. For in the beginning God ruled over man in love, and God was Lord of all, and it was good. Now men search hither and yon to find the peace of God, but it cannot be found, except in Jesus Christ, for there is not other name in which we may be saved. So the kingdom that God is bringing, is to bring us back to the way it was in the Garden, to bring us to perfection.
Finally, the question, How does this come? And that is what the parable we had in our lesson seeks to explain. Godís kingdom comes among us, in much the same manner as seed is sown and once in the ground it grows. For all our science we still do not understand why seeds grow, nor how they grow, yet they grow. In the same way the kingdom of God comes among us. God works through people who bring to people Godís Word, and the Spirit works in the Word to create faith, and faith grasps the promise of the Gospel. We believe that our sins are forgiven, we believe that we are a new creation, we believe that we have peace with God through Jesus Christ, because Godís Word promises us these things and more. How God brings these things to us, is even more mysterious than the how and why of seeds growing, but as surely as seeds grow, so sure are we that God is working over and among us to reestablish his kingdom, and for all these things we give thanks to God, for here we find everything that we need, for Jesus sake.