MATTHEW 5, 7, 10, 13, 10-20, MARK 3-5, 10, 13, LUKE 6, 8-10, 12-15, 17, & JOHN 3
SCENE 1: KINGDOM MESSAGE
Jesus continued to teach people, “The Kingdom of God has come. Turn from your sins, and turn to God!”
One day He climbed up a hill with a group of His closest followers. They sat down together, and Jesus began to teach them about God’s Kingdom.
He said, “God blesses those who realize their need for Him: the humble and poor, the gentle and merciful—the Kingdom of God belongs to them. God blesses the pure in heart and those who hunger and thirst to be with Him. You’ll be blessed when you are hated, mocked, and excluded because you are my followers. Be happy about it—you will get great rewards in heaven!”
Then Jesus went on to teach about God’s laws that were given to Moses. Jesus said, “Don’t think I came to get rid of the laws of Moses and the writings of the Prophets. I have come to fulfill them! God’s laws are alive and will last forever. Live by them and show others the way. That’s how you’ll find honour in the Kingdom.”
Then He went on to teach, “The laws and commands tell you not to murder, but I say if you hate someone or insult them, you are just as guilty as a murderer. Your words and actions bring judgment on you. The laws also tell us never to have sex with someone else’s spouse. But I say anyone who even looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery in his heart.”
He also taught them, “If someone steals your shirt from you, offer them your coat too. Live generously! Love your enemies. Anyone can love their friends, but you are to love the unlovable. You must live differently, doing what is good, right, and perfect—just like God your Father.”
The people were amazed at Jesus’ teaching; He had real power and authority, unlike their teachers of the law.
Later the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When is this ‘Kingdom’ you are teaching about going to come?”
Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God is not something you can predict. People will not say, ‘Here it is,’ or, ‘There it is,’ because the Kingdom of God is within you.”
SCENE 2: PARABLES OF THE KINGDOM
Jesus continued to teach about the Kingdom of God using short stories that had powerful meanings, called parables.
He said, “The Kingdom of God is like a tiny seed that is planted in a field. This seed may be small at first, but it grows into a large tree where birds can come and find shelter.”
Jesus told dozens of stories like this to the crowds. He said the Kingdom is...
Like a hidden treasure buried in a field—worth diligently searching for.
Like yeast spread in a large ball of dough—just a little will change a lot.
Like a precious pearl—worth trading everything for.
Like a great feast—where the poor and the outcast all get invited, and on and on...
People were amazed at Jesus’ teaching and wisdom. They understood some of these pictures, but others remained a mystery to them.
A young man came up to Jesus and asked, “What good things must I do to get into the Kingdom?”
Jesus replied, “God is the only one who is good. Follow His commandments.”
The man said, “I have obeyed His commands. What else must I do?”
“Go and sell everything you have and give the money to the poor. Then come and follow me.”
When the man heard this he went away very sad because he didn’t want give up his great wealth and the things he owned.
Then Jesus told His disciples, “It’s very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God. It’s easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle!”
“Then who in the world can enter the Kingdom?” asked His disciples.
Jesus replied, “If you try on your own, you won’t make it, but if you rely on God, everything is possible! The entrance to the Kingdom of God is narrow; only a few will find it. But the road that leads to destruction is very wide, many will choose this way and live only for themselves.”
After spending an entire night in prayer, Jesus chose twelve men out of all of His followers to be His apprentices, calling them apostles. They traveled with Jesus wherever He went as He taught them to live in the ways of God. He sent the apostles out to heal the sick, teach others what they had learned, and share the message of the Kingdom of God.
SCENE 3: JESUS & NICODEMUS
One night a Pharisee named Nicodemus came to Jesus and said, “Rabbi, we know you were sent by God to teach us. Your miracles have proven to us that God is with you.”
Jesus replied, “You’re right, but unless someone is born a second time they will never understand God’s Kingdom.”
“What do you mean?” Nicodemus questioned, “How can someone who is fully grown climb back inside their mother and be born a second time?”
Jesus answered Him, “The truth is, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless they have been born a second time by God’s Spirit. Humans can only give human life, but God’s Spirit gives new life in the Kingdom.”
“How can this happen!?” Nicodemus asked.
Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, but you don’t know this simple truth? If you won’t believe me when I teach you about everyday things, how will you believe me when I tell you about God’s Kingdom?
“What I am telling you is true. God showed His great love for people by sending me—His only Son—to this world. Anyone who believes in me and lives in my ways will find life that is complete and eternal! He sent me here to save people, not to judge them. Those who want to live in sin and darkness will reject me and bring God’s judgment on themselves. But those who want to live in God’s ways will trust me and live forever!”