And again He said, “Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.” And He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. (Luke 13:20-22).
Here we have an interesting thing, seen clealy when we put these two verses together. First, Jesus says….and then Jesus does.
Jesus says the Kingdom of heaven is like leaven which spreads throughout the whole of the meal. Then, He Himself goes throughout all the cities and villages teaching about the kingdom ennroute to His ultimate destination – Jerusalem.
The Yeast King is speading the influence of His kingdom.
Once in Jerusalem the unthinkable happened. The King was rejected and executed. And at the moment when a dismal gloom all but deadened the souls of the disciples – the unimaginable happened. The King rose from the dead!
He gathered with His followers and said to them, “The works that I do, you shall do.” And then, before His ascension, He said to them, “You will receive power from on high, and shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
He started in Bethlehem and carried the work and word to Jerusalem; His disciples started at Jeruusalem and have now carried the work and word unto the whole world – such that virtually every living person in the world today is in some way being touched and transformed by this Man’s influence.
How ‘bout you? What message do you carry forward in your life’s mission?