31st March 2017

The Tree That Shelters Us 

“Then He said, ‘What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.’”
Luke 13:18-20 (NKJV)

The 2017 European Tree of the Year is the Oak Józef, a 650-year-old English Oak that is still growing magnificently in its native Poland. The runner-up is an ancient pollarded oak in Wales. The Oak Józef has an interesting history, and during World War II it sheltered a family of Jews as they hid from the Nazis.

The story is reminiscent of the scripture above. Here Jesus presents us with a vision of comfort and of hope. Where can we find a safe place in times of distress? We might be flitting around here and there, weary, needing somewhere to land and to rest from the trials of life. The answer Jesus gives is the Kingdom of God, of which he is the present and the future king. To carry the analogy further, we are all kinds of birds, are we not? Big, small, fluffy, scrawny, noisy, and some very odd birds indeed! But we all find respite in Jesus’ kingdom both now and when he returns.

Perhaps our homes and our churches can be become versions of this kingdom mustard tree, and all who come to us can find peace and consolation with us. Because Jesus is who he says he is, this is possible.

With Jesus, we can find shelter and we can join him in sheltering others. 

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for the kingdom and for Jesus the King, and for providing shelter for us in him. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by James Henderson

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James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

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