The Kingdom of Heaven: The Kingdom Among the Weeds

Sermon from CCM Gorton

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 This sermon was preached by John Burchardt at the CCM Gorton site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 16th October 2022.

BIBLE VERSES

 

This sermon was based on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.

The Parable of the Weeds

24He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away.26So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also.27And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’

The Parable of the Weeds Explained

36Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one,39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, 42and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

KEY POINTS

Waiting

• Quick information and quick decisions, leading to hasty conclusions and always wanting more.
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esus explaining to the disciples that the seed is the Word, and the types of ground are how the word is received by those who hear it.
• Luke helping us to understand this; In Luke 9 Jesus was rejected by a Samaritan village vv 51 reads 51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. 53 But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”[e] 55 But he, Jesus, turned and rebuked / told them off[f] 56 And they went on to another village…

Saviour of Compassion and Mercy

• The harvest, the period of Christ’s second coming.
• Comparisons with prosperities in Gospel teaching today and in early church councils.
• Correction vs. condemnation.

Discipleship

• Paul issues wise discipline and correction so that those under it might return remorseful and seeking God again.
• The Great Commission is the role given to the church to the end of age: using our Gifts, talents, time, resources to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world, to repeat that same Gospel back to the visible church.
• K
nowi that the end of the age will come, and the warning is clear: the weeds, bad fish will be rejected.

 

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