Back in 2002, I wrote a devotional for the West Area (Kentucky Region) with the assignment of responding to Mark 12:28-34. It was titled "Not Far From the Kingdom of God." Here is what I wrote:
In this account, Jesus encounters a knowledgeable "seeker”. He is a teacher of the religious law, but he seems to be genuinely interested in finding God’s truth... unlike his colleagues who are focused on "testing" the Lord. Jesus recognizes this earnest quest for understanding, and he comments that the questioner is, "Not far from the Kingdom of God."
I suspect that each year at Advent, we might hear these words echoing within our hearts. As we try to comprehend the magnitude of the coming of the Messiah, we know in our souls that we are "not far from the Kingdom of God.
I came across the following devotion and want to share it with you as we move into the Advent Season:
Did you know that Christmas is about God wanting to have a relationship with you? You might have thought it was about presents, or peace on earth, good will to man ... that sort of thing - and it is in a lesser way . But at the center of the Christmas message is a God of love who desires to be with you.
That's right. God wants to spend time with you.
Did You Know?
The Partridge in a Pear tree is Jesus Christ.
Two Turtle Doves are the Old and New Testaments.
Three French Hens stand for Faith, Hope and Love.
Four Calling Birds are the Four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.