had a powerful ministry explaining the kingdom of God
predicted His own death and resurrection did’t preach it
trained his disciples and commanded them
Go ye therefore and teach the gospel of the kingdom
to all the world
Trade connected worlds apart
Did Thomas really set sail or did he take an overland route?
Was he killed by the soldiers or Brahmin priests
or a wayward peacock arrow?
Paul’s letters from prison taught more of the kingdom
and how to deal with the church
before Nero took off his head
Peter’s request to Nero “crucify me upside down”
Philip cruelly put to death
James stoned and clubbed to death
Simon refused to worship another god which always led to death
Jude (or Thaddeus) martyred
Another James was he killed too?
Bartholomew had various accounts of how he met his death
We all know Judas killed himself
John the most beloved died of his old age
based on John 14:12 Aramaic Bible
Noah did a great work
Abraham was father to Issac
did not have to make a sacrifice of him
became the father of faith
Jonah finished his task
after much travail and prayer
from the belly of a fish and was still
mad at GOD
Jesus did great works
some we will never know of
Peter and Paul led the blind to see
and Jesus said
Timeless truth, I tell you: ‘whoever believes in Me,
those works which I have done, he will also do,
and he will do greater works than these, because
I am going to the presence of my Father.’
Expect greater works
While driving on a country road in England I saw a mustard field. It was just the right time when all the plants were in bloom, a patch of vibrant color on the landscape. I had to stop, take a photo, ponder the source of mustard, like Jesus sitting in the countryside, saw its brilliance and told a parable about the man who planted a mustard seed in his own field. It was a simple truth, one the people could relate to. It was a healing plant, an ancient mustard recipe. He used it to demonstrate the kingdom.
Pliny the Elder wrote of it. It can grow wild but when cultivated it is much improved. Once it is sown it is hard to get rid of it. The tiniest of seed yet Jesus said it will grow into a tree that shelters the birds.
the sound of yellow
vibrates from 2000 years
says my kingdom come
dVerse prompt on sound. Pliny the Elder wrote about natural history circa 23 to 79AD.
Jesus would go to the Mount of Olives
It was a place He would go to pray
There He could look out over Jerusalem
See the Temple across the valley
His last night He prayed His blood away
dVerse prompt to locate a holy place – this and the mount of transfiguration (possibly Mt Hermon)
Led into the desert by the Spirit
It was the Word that brought Him out
On fire for the Kingdom
And able to speak
Against the Pharisees of His day
He knew who He was
And ran knowingly
Into the burning man
dVerse prompt on the word “burn” in quadrille with thoughts of Aaron Joel Mitchell, age 41, who ran into the effigy of the burning man at Burning Man 2017.
I am on an inner search for kindness in my life. How I was rescued from my own dispair or sought to help another. Not wanting to confuse kindness with congeniality or cultural differences I felt a lifting of the heart when I thought of You.
The day You sent a message to the children of Israel that You would come again. The prophets wrote Your words that we should all repent. Hard to see the kindness in rebuke or recompense yet Your hope is there.
Let the soul find GOD
Hidden in small daily chores
I fall to my knees
dVerse haibun prompt on kindness, still searching
I went downtown to help a friend get a collared clergy shirt. He spoke a little English even though his first language is French. He had come from Rome for a Holy Convocation. I was overwhelmed by the number of icons, so many little plastic Jesuses and Him still hanging on the cross. “Iconoclast……….the battle is real.” I doubt that he knew what I said. I started to weep wondering what Jesus would have thought of the things I was seeing in the shop. Would He have taken a whip out?
I felt like Paul in Ephesus when he rebuked the god Artemis and the idol makers set the people against him. I told my friend I felt like Paul in Ephesus but I doubt that he understood what I was saying. I hardly knew myself. I walked around the shop while my friend tried on the clergy shirt. What I was seeing was big business all over the world. On the shelf was a single crown of thorns and I questioned if this is what Jesus died for.
More than a savior
Jesus wants to be your LORD
And His will be done
dVerse prompt to write in haibun form