March 8th Lenten Devotion

God’s Kingdom

Anne Knighten

Matthew 4: 23-25

Those in the crowd had various reasons for coming to Jesus. Some were there out of curiosity, wondering about this new teacher who spoke as John the Baptist had about repentance. Some may have heard John the Baptist state that this new teacher was even greater than he was. Others heard Jesus preach in the synagogues about the kingdom of God being good news, and they may have wondered if Messiah was coming at last to free them from the oppression of the Roman Empire. Some had heard stories about miraculous healings of mind, body, and spirit, about people suffering from incurable illnesses being restored to health. People came from all over the region, Jews as well as Gentiles. They brought their sick to him, and he healed them of their illnesses.

This is the kingdom of God: a gathering place of all nations, a place where sin and its effects are banished, a place of restoration to health and wholeness, a place of abundance. The kingdom of God is a restoration of what has been broken and diseased, not just in the human body but in human society and the world.

God of restoration, we see the effects of sin in the brokenness and affliction that exist in our world. We proclaim the good news of your kingdom where all will be made whole. As we begin this Lenten journey, may we turn away from sin and turn toward you.   

 

Anne Knighten is a senior in the MDiv-Distributive Learning program at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. She and her husband live in Redlands, CA.

 

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