In today’s reading (Luke 16:1-18:14), you’ll see a little more about the Kingdom of God (Heaven) being proclaimed (preached) to the nation of Israel, specifically, verses 16:16 and 17:20-21. (Subscribers, you may have noticed three passages in your email this morning that I bolded. I bring them to your attention here.) Now, remember me saying that the New Testament isn’t really a “new” testament? That it’s actually a continuation of the Old Testament because Christ came to fulfill the Law, not abolish it? If He had done away with the Law, it would have been a “New Testament”, but He didn’t do away with it, did He?
Now, the first verse (16:16) reminds us that, “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.” [Emphasis mine.] And the other passage (17:20-21), informs us that the kingdom of God was, at that time, among them, but they couldn’t see it because of their blindness. He was standing among them, but they couldn’t see their King! Unfortunately, it’s no different today; in this Age of Grace there are many who cannot see Him or what He has done. I think this is what Jesus is referring to when He says in 16:31, “…If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.” I believe the “one rise from the dead” is Jesus and because people didn’t believe Moses and the prophets when they were on earth speaking God’s words, they weren’t going to believe Him either, even after His resurrection. And, of course, He’s right – even today!