All Souls Anglican Church
Kingdoms of Darkness and Light
February 12, 2023
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Matthew 9:35-38
Psalm 67, Colossians 1:13-14, Acts 16:31

Kingdoms of Darkness and Light

February 12, 2023 / Matthew 9:35-38 Psalm 67, Colossians 1:13-14, Acts 16:31

 

 

Acts 1:1–8 (NIV84) After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

Jesus main message was the .

Matthew 4:17 (NIV) From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

Matthew 4:23 (NIV) Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.

Luke 4:43 (NIV) But he said, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.”

Luke 8:1 (NIV) After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him…

Luke 9:1-6 (NIV) When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2  and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick… 6  So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere.

Luke 10:9 (NIV) Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’

Matthew 13:19 (NIV) When anyone hears the message about the kingdom (of heaven) and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.

Luke 16:16 (NIV) Since [John the Baptist], the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it.

Matthew 24:14 (NIV) And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Acts 1:3 (NIV) After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

 

Two eye-opening parables in Matthew 13:44-46 (NLT2)

  1. 44  “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.
  2. 45  “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. 46  When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!

What makes the good news of the kingdom of God so enticing that people want to force their way into it? Or trade everything they own to get into it? 

Jesus taught that there are 2 kingdoms:

Kingdom of

Darkness

Kingdom of God

This World

Heaven

Satan/our own broken desires

Light

Matthew 9:35–38 (NIV84) Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.

Kingdom of Darkness

Kingdom of Light

Every disease and sickness

Cancer

Covid

Alcoholism/Drug Addictions

Mental Illness (inc. depression, self-hate, anxiety, anorexia, etc)

Healing and restoration

(both miracles & gradual change, learning to think and live in God’s Kingdom)

  • How compelling might it be to those needing healing that it can be found in God’s kingdom? 

Psalm 30:11 (NIV) You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,

1Cor 2:16b …We have the mind of Christ.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

 

36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them…

Kingdom of Darkness

Kingdom of Light

(in the absence of compassion) Ignoring, uncaring, meanness, coldness

Compassion

 

…because they were harassed…

Kingdom of Darkness

Kingdom of Light

Harassed

Stress, agitation, pressure worry, in danger

Relief, protection, care, provision, relaxation, peacefulness

 

…and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Kingdom of Darkness

Kingdom of Light

Helplessness

Abandoned, in danger, destitute, up the creek, powerless, aimless, defenseless, unable

A loving Shepherd

Protection, power, authority, growth into maturity and wholeness

 

37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

  • Our message: Does Jesus ever have an invitation for you!
    • How compelling is that? 

 

Psalm 67 (BCP) 1 May God be merciful unto us, and bless us, *

Kingdom of Darkness

Kingdom of Light

Vengeance

hatred, harshness, blame, punishment

Mercy

Punishment

Vengeance

Cursing (not cussing, eg – “You’re useless. I wish you’d never been born.”)

Dishonor, apathy, manipulation, cruelty

Blessing

Honor, affirmation, glory

 

…and show us the light of his countenance… 2 Let your way be known upon earth,

Kingdom of Darkness

Kingdom of Light

God is misunderstood, maligned/slandered, hated

God is known, understood, present, worthy of love

  • Is the kingdom of darkness interested in knowing God? 
    • What does the world say about knowing God? 
    • What does Satan say about knowing God? 

 

4 O let the nations rejoice and be glad, *

Kingdom of Darkness

Kingdom of Light

Despair

Depression

Sorrow

Misery

Weariness

Joy

Gladness

 

Matthew 11:28 (NLT2)
28  Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

Kingdom of Darkness

Kingdom of Light

Enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy

Self-serving leads to abuse, tearing down, neglect

You see it on the news

Righteousness

Peace

Joy

Wisdom

Family

Community

 

Kingdom of Darkness

Kingdom of Light

Fear

Trust

Hunger

provision

Hate

kindness

Hopelessness

Hope & Future

Being used

having value

Mental Illness

sound mind

Cliques/racism/exclusion

inclusion/family/unity (but not same-ness)

Sickness/death

healing/health/eternal life

Ignorance

Wisdom

Dishonor

Honor

Disrespect

Respect

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NIV)

Wickedness

Deception

Sexual immorality (inc. porn, child abuse, sex slavery, prostitution, even discrimination)

Idolatry – obsession & addiction

Stealing

Greed

Alcoholism and drug addictions, and “answers”

Slander, lies, insults, & condemnation

Swindles & scams, embezzlement

9  Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10  nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:11 (NIV)

Love

Rescue

Cleansing & fresh starts

Growth and health

Right standing with God

Discovering what it means to not only BE MADE in his image

but to fully become what you’re intended to be

11  And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

  • So how do get in? How do you get from one kingdom to another?

Colossians 1:13-14 (NLT2) For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14  who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

 

  • Jesus puts you into the Kingdom of Light
  • It has been done for you, because you CAN’T do it yourself!

1 John 2:2 (NIV) is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

 

  • All we have to do is…

Acts 16:31 (NIV) “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…”

– learning how to live there

– inviting people into the Kingdom

    • To come through the doorway
    • Into the wardrobe
    • By trusting in Jesus who died on a cross for the sins of the world and rose again

 

What I’m ready to do because of what I’ve heard: 

Matthew 6:10-13 (KJV) 10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 13  …For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

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