In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus talks about the Kingdom of God, but what does he mean?
The Kingdom of God could be described as follows:
- a society where God rules
- a place where death is overcome
- a place where diseases are cured
- a place where evil spirits are overcome
- a place where people find a home and shelter in difficult times
Its characteristics and values could be as follows:
- simplicity of a child / purity
- belongs to those who suffer
- love God and love your neighbour
- honesty / truth
- joy in others’ achievements
- wealth and ambition must be sacrificed
The parables tell us that:
- The Kingdom of God is a mystery (grows secretly).
- It is present in the lives of those who believe.
- People respond differently to the message of the Kingdom of God.
- It begins with Jesus’ words and teachings.
- The Kingdom of God starts small with the individual and increases to include the whole of society.
- The Kingdom of God is a future reward.
Matthew’s message about the Kingdom of God was to be of comfort to the early Christians. He tells them not to give up, their faithfulness will be rewarded.