Today’s passage: Luke 13:18-21
In this passage, Jesus compares the gospel to a mustard seed that grows into a tree, and leaven that makes bread rise. Nothing fancy here, just the simple message that the kingdom grows. It starts small, but give it enough time, and it’ll become a tree big enough for birds to nest in. The kingdom of God plays the long game.
Mustard seeds don’t actually grow into trees. Jesus is taking some creative liberties with his parable here, which tie it to Ezekiel 17:22-24, another reversal-of-fortune passage in which God brings down the highest trees and exalts the lowest.
So, here we are at the end of our survey of Luke. How would Luke sum up the gospel? I believe it’d be something along these lines: As God promised through the prophets, the Messiah has come to bring freedom and healing to the afflicted, and in a long enough timeframe, the kingdom of God will come to fruition.
I still don’t know what to make of Jesus’ statement “The gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it” (16:16). If you’ve got any insights into it, please drop a comment–and if you’ve got your own summary of the gospel according to Luke, I welcome that too.
So, that puts a wrap on Luke for the present, and today I also put the wraps on the Theo sea salt dark chocolate. Tomorrow I’ll be starting in on the gospel according to John, which…should be interesting.