Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents

Matt 11:12

THE KINGDOM SUFFERS VIOLENCE

Jan 17, 1971 am


ONE OF THE GREATEST MYSTERIES SURROUNDS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN; MANY PARABLES, FALSE HOPES

  • The Kingdom of Heaven - Matt 3:2 is the earthly Messianic reign with glory of 1,000 years of peace.
  • The Kingdom of God - Matt 6:33 is a universal spiritual kingdom - you must be born again to see it.
  • Selfish men have always wanted the benefits of heaven on earth, but have rejected the King.

Throughout history men have tried to make this kingdom by force- can't without HIM.

THE KINGDOM OFFERED

Matthew is the Gospel of the Kingdom, and his distinctive message is the offer of the King.

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN HAS BEEN PROPHESIED AND EXPECTED FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME

  • Isa 11:6 tells when a little child shall lead - Isa 65:25 echoes wolf and lamb together - peace.
  • The Prophet of Old saw a time when men would be comforted - Jerusalem blessed - world at peace.
  • Herod knew these prophesies - Matt 2:2, but his attitude was not kindly toward the King - 2:16.

THE KINGDOM WAS PRESENTED TO ISRAEL IN THE PROPHESIED WAY BY GOD'S SPECIAL MESSENGER

  • John the Baptist - Matt 3:2,3 - declared the soon coming and urged people to get ready for the King.
  • Jesus came preaching- and giving the signs of the Kingdom  Matt 4:23,24 and people flocked out.
  • Jesus gave His great sermon - Matt 5 - blesseds, v.39 other cheek, 44 love your enemy, and etc.

BUT SUDDENLY ANOTHER PROBLEM CAME FORWARD; NOT EVERYONE WAS WORTHY OF THE KINGDOM!

  • John the Baptist refused the Pharisees and Sadducees - Matt 3:7,8 for their works were dead - selfish.
  • Jesus plainly told the multitudes what He as King expected of them - Matt 5 - perfection!
  • The responsibilities of the sermon on the mount are staggering - we want blessings - what of duties?

Jesus, like Jer 5:1 and Ezek 22:30, could seek in vain for the truly honest man!  Diogenes?

THE KINGDOM FORCED

Men wanted the things Jesus had to offer, the promised blessings of the Kingdom.

THE MULTITUDES SWARMED TO FOLLOW THE MESSENGERS OF THE KINGDOM, BUT THE RESULTS WERE SURPRISING

  • People swarmed to John, but he wound up in prison, and was finally beheaded for his words.
  • People rushed to Jesus for His healing, new teaching, and because He fed them - John 6:26.
  • The superficial fringe benefits may attract the worldly, but these are not the real Kingdom.

WHEN JESUS BEGAN TO TEACH WHAT HE EXPECTED FROM PEOPLE WHO FOLLOWED HIM, THEY TURNED FROM HIM

  • In John 6 regarding spiritual communion, so many left Him that He quizzed the apostles - v.67.
  • In the cities where He did His greatest works, He was rejected - Matt 11:20 - had to curse them.
  • Men who did not want Jesus began to plot His death - Matt 12:14 and they finally killed Him.

TO REALLY FOLLOW JESUS MEANS GREAT BLESSINGS, BUT ALSO MEANS RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE KING

  • Jesus warned His disciples of discrimination and opposition - Matt 10:16-17 don't be na├»ve.
  • He plainly removed their false expectation of peace now - 10:34 and this has not changed!
  • He told them that to follow Him would even divide households - 36 - and it is not different now.

Men without understanding of the Scripture are disillusioned, get angry and quit His Kingdom.

THE KINGDOM ENTERED

But other men with spiritual understanding have found the sweet peace of His Kingdom NOW!

THE ONLY WAY INTO THE BLESSINGS OF HIS KINGDOM IS SPIRITUAL! 

  • It cannot be entered by our good works - Matt 7:21-23 but only by knowing God's Son - Jesus.
  • Throughout the Scriptures - it cries - it is by faith - note Matt 8:10,13, 19:22,29.
  • But this faith must be in God's Son - and to show it you must confess Him - Matt 10:32 - from your heart.

THE ONLY WAY INTO THE REAL SERVICE OF HIS KINGDOM IS SACRIFICIAL!

  • People today have not changed - we want material kingdom NOW, and with no responsibilities!
  • But Jesus told plainly where our love should be - Matt 10:38 - Who will love Him first?  YOUTH?
  • Who will bear a cross - v.38 - OLD AGE?  Or love Him more than life?  v.38 - or TV, car, clothes?

THE SERVICE OF THE KINGDOM IS NOT ALL ONE WAY, HE MAKES IT ALL WORTHWHILE BOTH NOW AND IN THE FUTURE!

  • When you are in difficulty for His name's glory - He will give words - Matt 10:19 - try it!
  • When you are tired and weary, heavy laden - you can come to Him - Matt 11:28 and find refreshment!
  • If you will subject yourself to His yoke - your soul will find what it has hungered for!  29

The Kingdom of Heaven will come maybe soon - but the Kingdom of God is here now!  See it!

THROUGHOUT THE SCRIPTURES THERE ARE CODE MESSAGES OPENING THE DOOR TO THE KINGDOM

  • This is to keep out the violent and self-willed, and to let in the simple believer - in Jesus!
  • If you DEMAND membership, all hell cannot get you in!  But if you want to know Jesus - welcome!
  • But if your faith does not change your life - you have missed the mystery.

Show by your changed life that you have entered the Kingdom by faith - not by force!