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Short stories for children
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in God's Word, the Holy Bible.
"I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children,
you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven."
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The invisible Leader!
Could it be that you are like the people in our story today? - looking for the Kingdom of God but, because you're not sure how to recognise it, you're in danger of missing it altogether! Do you know what the Kingdom of God is? Or where is it?
"When will the kingdom of God come?" the Pharisees asked Jesus. He replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, `Here it is,' or `There it is' "
Jesus was clearly showing that a person did not become a member of His Kingdom by being joined to any visible church or organisation! So, how can anyone ever hope to find or belong to the Kingdom of God if it cannot be seen or observed?
The kingdoms and republics of this world are easily identified, each having its own territory and its own recognised president or king. But the Kingdom of God is very different! It is NOT a country with a fixed border, nor is it a group of people who follow a visible leader!
The true citizens of God's Kingdom are "aliens and strangers on earth." They are to be found scattered in every country and nation of the world!
They are NOT united by any visible leader or king upon earth!
For a short while God's Kingdom on earth did have a true visible King and Leader called Jesus. But one day He told His followers, "It is for your good that I am going away."
From then on they would have something better than a visible Head to guide and instruct them - each true member of God's Kingdom would have, through their faith in Jesus, the presence of God's Holy Spirit within him or her!
Those who realise that Jesus said these things about His Kingdom will not fall into the confusion that many are in today. Many are wondering which religion is the one to make them into the people of God! Some even claim they have found a mere man to be their Messiah - someone to be their vicar and saviour in place of the true Christ! They ignore the warning that Jesus gave when He said, "Watch out that no-one deceives you. For many will come in My name, claiming, `I am the Christ,' and will deceive many."
Jesus said, "Men will tell you, `There he is!' or `Here he is!' Do not go running off after them. For the Son of Man in His day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.
So, there will be no mistaking the true Christ when He does return from Heaven. In the mean time the invisible Leader for every true Christian is the One who was once willing to "suffer many things and be rejected" so that He could be able to save us from God's wrath and judgment.
By true faith in the invisible Jesus as your only spiritual Leader and Saviour you will become a member of the Kingdom of God eagerly awaiting your soon returning Lord Jesus Christ?
Read what Jesus said about these things in Luke's Gospel chapter 17, verses 10-25.
To read more of Luke's account of the life of Jesus turn to the Gospel of Luke in the Holy Bible.
Bye for now,
John Nixon, Ballincollig, Co.Cork, Ireland.
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Bible quotations from N.I.V.
1 Luke 17:20-21.
2 See John 18:36-37. Philippians 3:20-21. Matthew 20:25-26.
3 Hebrews 11:13. 1st Peter 1:1. 2:11. Revelation 5:9. 7:9
4 Mark 10:42-43. John 7:33-34. 18:36.
5 John 16:7.
6 Romans 8:9.
7 Matthew 24:4-5.
8 Luke 17:23-24.
9 Luke 17:25. Romans 3:21-26.
10 Titus 2:11-14. 1st Thessalonians 1:9-10. Hebrews 9:24-28.
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