Heaven at Hand

The kingdom of heaven sometimes seems very far removed from our present earthly experience. However, Jesus began his ministry by declaring, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matt. 4:17;

How could Christ Jesus make this declaration when conditions in his day seemed just about as inharmonious as they do now? The world in which Jesus lived was ruled by a foreign military empire. Injustice, poverty, and disease were rampant. But Jesus could speak with authority about the kingdom of heaven because he saw man and the universe the way God made them, perfect and harmonious. With his example before us, we can change our thinking and see and experience something of the kingdom of heaven, or reign of harmony, here and now. How? The following analogy may be helpful.

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March 18, 1972

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