The Kingdom of Heaven: The Gospel of the Kingdom

Sermon from CCM Ladybarn


This sermon was preached by Tom O’Toole at the Ladybarn site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 11th September 2022.


This sermon was based on Matthew 4:23-25.

Jesus Ministers to Great Crowds

23 And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. 24So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, those having seizures, and paralytics, and he healed them. 25And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.


The Gospel of the Kingdom

  • Jesus came with a mission and a message, and the two were linked.
  • The key theme of Jesus’ teaching was the ‘gospel of the kingdom’.
  • Gospel literally means ‘good news’.


The Gospel Is News 

  • When Jesus came, he didn’t just give advice for living but he announced some news.
  • This news focussed on a new king – Jesus himself.
  • At the fall humans rebelled against God and rejected his kingship.
  • The gospel is the reclaiming of occupied territory to its rightful rule.


The Gospel Is Good News

  • The announcement of good news does not sound like good news for sinners who are part of the rebellion against him.
  • What makes it good news is that this king went to the cross and died for his enemies.
  • Jesus has offered peace and forgiveness and we get to share in the victory that he has won.


The Gospel Is Good News of the Kingdom

  • The kingdom of God is the world as it should be, and we see it at the very start and very end of the Bible.
  • We see a bubble of the same kind of things around Jesus, through his signs and wonders – and then also through followers of Jesus.
  • It poses the question why we don’t see it more. A lot of Jesus’ teaching addressed this question.
  • The kingdom is here now, but so is the old way. The kingdom will grow and we should pray for it to come. It will come in its fulness when Jesus returns.
  • We live in an overlap of the ages, and the kingdom is both ‘now’ and ‘not yet’.


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