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The Kingdom of God is like a seed....Mark 4:26-34

Sermon for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost June 17, 2018 Pr. Lopez

I was born a city, in a big city, Mexico City. I did not have the blessing of seeing plants and grass every day. I only saw concrete houses and buildings.

But when I was about 13 years old my dad bought a little house about 2 hours out of the city of Mexico. A new story started for me there. This place is in the State of Morelos in Mexico. It is call the “State of Forever Spring”.

My dad loved to plant trees. He put many trees in this place. Oranges, lemons, bananas, guayabas, avocados, mangos pears, even coconuts. And when I say he planted trees I meant me, because he told me what to do and I made holes, cut branches. Whatever he told me to do I did.

All these stories about planting are because the Gospel reading for today is about Jesus comparing planting seed to the kingdom of God. The Gospel reading for today comes from

Mark 4:26

And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground.”

We have a beautiful community garden. We have more than 270 plants. We also have 4 new plum trees, 1 fig tree, hazelnuts, and soon more on the church property.

Many people have been working making it better and more beautiful. This is a blessing.

However, I was talking to a person in the church, he said, what about people stealing our fruit?

Some people will walk by our church to take some of our plums, or tomatillos, or chilis. Noooo!!!!

We can go to the Bible to solve that problem.

1 Corinthians 3:7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.

It is God who make it have fruit not us. But here the Bible is comparing fruits, produce, with something spiritual.

Something has changed in me with time.

Let me tell you I am learning to be more patient.

For instance, when I was in my first church in LA I planted an avocado. I put the seed in the ground, watered it faithfully every other day. After a month because I did not see anything coming out, I dug out the seed to see what was going on, and nothing. I kept watering this seed, but every week I dug it out to check the growth. That is wrong.

Patience is needed when planting trees, and seeds.

Mark 4:

26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how.

THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS LIKE…..

The way the Bible says “sleeping and rising night and day” is a way of counting the passage of time.

Genesis 1:13

And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

John 12:23-25

23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

Jesus is saying He is the seed. Jesus had to die to give us life. Jesus needed to go to the cross to forgive our sins. Jesus paid the price for us to be free from our sin and hell.

Mark 4

28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

First a seed, then a little plant, next fruit is coming soon.

Then the Bible says the harvest has come.

Let’s eat tomatoes.

 

Jesus is comparing the kingdom of heaven with a seed in the ground.

The seed is Jesus. Jesus came into this world, ‘a babe in a manger’ (Luke 2:12). The child grew into a youth (Luke 2:40); the youth into a man (Luke 2:52).

He died; He rose again; He ascended into heaven; He shall return.

Jesus gathered around Him a team of unlikely candidates to be students. The disciples.

It took years for them to develop and give fruit, but all of them except Judas gave fruit.

In the same way Jesus called you to be his follower. Every single time we come to the church, every single time we read our Bibles we are growing in faith.

It will also take time for us to mature. But all of us will give good fruit with the help of God.

Mark 4

3 “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed….14 The sower sows the word.

 

Jesus told the people another parable at the beginning of the chapter. Jesus says, the seed is the Word. Jesus is the word.

For a person to go to heaven the seed of the Gospel must be put in the heart of the people.

To believe in Jesus people need to hear the message of salvation.

This is how the church of Jesus grows, all the people need to hear the story of love of Jesus. About how He died to pay our sins.

Remember every activity we do at this church, baptism, VBS, Music camp, Father’s Day picnic, community Garden, and even planting fruit trees by the sidewalk is an outreach activity.

 

  1. if someone takes some of the chilis, or tomatoes, or plums, we do not need to get upset if someone takes fruit from the trees, or if someone needs a ride to the church. All of these is part of the planting of the seed in the hearts of people. Just as it takes work to plant tomatoes, it takes effort to share the Good News of Salvation.

Those who sow the seed must not become discouraged when there seems to be so little progress in the lives of those who have received the gospel into their heart. We were not born full grown adults, and neither are we born-again as fully matured Christians.

Whenever we share the Good News with people we need to be patient, because in the same way a seed grows, people who hear the Good News of Jesus will grow.

This include our own children.

 

We think because the parents are Christians, their children should behave in the same way. But we need to remember these children are also maturing in the faith. Let us give them time to mature, let us be patient with them in the love of Christ.

Mark 4

30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

 

Our faith, which begins as small as a mustard seed, is capable of the same phenomenal growth as is demonstrated in the life of the church. Our lives are eternal through the death and resurrection of Jesus our Savior, Amen.

 

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