No matter how much progress we make, there are still so many areas in which we are still powerless.
We make advancements in medicine and science, but our hospitals are still overflowing with dying people; we make advancements in education and welfare, but people continue to perform acts of evil; we make advancements in meteorology, but we still can’t change the weather.
In these three areas, we remain essentially powerless… and that’s what makes Jesus’ power so extraordinary.
In Mark 4:35 to 5:43 we see his power over weather, over demons and over sickness. He was like no other man who ever walked the earth… and he is certainly unlike any king who has ever ruled any kingdom.
This week as we look at the topic, ‘The King’s Power’, we will see again why following Jesus makes so much sense.
The kingdom of God is quite unlike other kingdoms. It’s more subversive, more underground, more radical than other kingdoms of this world.
We see this clearly in this week’s passage from Mark’s Gospel, in Chapter Four, verses 21 to 34, in our talk ‘The King’s Kingdom’.
The kingdom is likened to a little lamp, to scattered seed, and even to the tiny mustard seed.
If we’re to understand what it’s like to be in Jesus’ kingdom, and how it is that it grows and expands, we need to listen clearly to what Jesus says about it, and prepared to be challenged by how it works.
And above all, we should not be surprised when it seems small and unimpressive… because in this case the saying is true: from little things big things grow!