There is an invitation to participate in the kingdom of God - in its proclamation, in its expansion, and in its preparation. We need to take the kingship of Jesus seriously if we are going to participate in the kingdom of God.
We don’t need to be seeking out neighbors, God will bring people to us we need to be neighbors to. In order to start asking the right questions of God, we need to first realize that we were the ones beaten and left for dead in a ditch, and God acted as a neighbor toward us, so we need to now live a life that reflects this.
These two short parables told in response to the hypocrisy displayed by the ruler of the synagogue show that the teaching and ministry of Jesus is life-giving and restorative, God’s heart in regard to humanity is for freedom, and the kingdom of God is surprising and unexpected.
How we view and understand the kingdom of God radically impacts how we navigate our life and faith. The kingdom of God is radically celebratory, so let’s take part in that celebration!
Life in the presence of God is the greatest treasure we can attain and we should be willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to live life in God's presence.