September 9, 2018
Luke 7:27-28… This is he of whom it is written, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.” I tell you, among those born of women, none is greater than John; Yet, the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.
Jesus is speaking of John the Baptist here. John was sent as a messenger from God to prepare the way for Jesus. He seems to be quoting Malachi 3:1… Behold, I send my messenger and he will prepare the way before me.
Do you see the minor change that Jesus made in His quote? It is significant because it reveals an Old Testament scripture that states, Jesus is God. That was a stumbling block for Pharisees and Scribes. Jesus claimed to be God and they told Him He couldn’t do that. Through the prophet, Malachi, God said that John would prepare the way for Him. Jesus quoted it as if God was declaring this to Jesus. John, the Baptist, lets us know that Jesus was/is God. Then, Jesus seems to say that John the Baptist was not in the kingdom of God. Without over thinking that, I can assume that the Kingdom of God, as Jesus announced it, is reserved for humans who get in only through the sacrifice of Jesus. That is special. Jesus, said, “I go to prepare a place for you.” We, who are in Christ, will not just arrive in heaven like tourists: We will arrive as sons and daughters, fully expected and with preparations made, and our names will be in a book that is necessary for entrance. It seems to me, humans make a couple of mistakes regarding the kingdom of God… 1. It is available after this life and not during. 2. There is nothing special about God’s plan for after this life. I will speak to #2. I believe we enter the kingdom of God when we are born again.
But, that being said, I also believe that, when we shed these earthy bodies, we experience so much more of God than is possible now. Now, while we are still subject to temptation and fleshly desires, we walk with Jesus through the valley of the shadow of death. One day, when this life is over for us, we will live in harmony with Jesus in the place He has prepared. I suspect we cannot visualize or hear the beauty of that place…(1 Corinthians 2:9) Prepare for the unknown.