HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
What He Doesn’t Promise to Give
He doesn’t promise to give money. In fact, he says, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Matthew 18:25).
He doesn’t promise popularity or fame or admiration among men. In fact, he says, “Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account of the Son of man!” (Luke 6:22).
He doesn’t even promise security in this life. In fact, he says, “You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and kinsmen and friends, and some of you they will put to death; you will be hated by all for my name’s sake” (Luke 21:16).
What He Does Promise to Give
What does he promise to give to his little flock—to prove once and for all that it is not only his good pleasure to give but that it is his good pleasure to give big? He promises to give them the kingdom of God.
And what does it mean to be given the sovereign reign and rule of God?
It means simply and staggeringly and unspeakably that the omnipotent rule and authority of the King of the universe will be engaged forever and ever on behalf of the little flock of God. What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, God has prepared for those who love him (1 Corinthians 2:9). And it is the Father’s good pleasure to give it to his little flock.
Who can describe what it will be like when that saying comes to pass which Jesus spoke at the Last Supper, “As my Father has appointed a kingdom for me, so do I appoint for you that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom” (Luke 22:29)?
Jesus Desires to Free You from This Fear
Jesus knows that the flock of God struggles with fear. He knows that one of those fears is that God is the kind of God who is basically angry and delights most of all to judge sinners and only does good out of a sense of constraint and duty, not delight. Therefore the Lord is at pains this morning to free us from this fear by telling us the truth about God. He has chosen every word for our comfort and joy and peace.
Fear not, little flock for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom!