Thursday, January 7th, 2010
"The kingdom of the heavens is like a mustard grain." (Matthew 13:31)
In Jesus’ illustration found at Mark 4:30-32, we find portrayed the growth of “the kingdom of God” as evidenced by the spread of the Kingdom message and the growth of the Christian congregation from Pentecost 33 C.E. onward. A mustard grain is a tiny seed that can represent something very small. (Luke 17:6) Eventually, though, a mustard plant may attain a height of from 10 to 15 feet and have sturdy branches, thus virtually becoming a tree. (Matthew 13:32) The growth of the Christian congregation started in a small way in 33 C.E. when about 120 disciples were anointed with holy spirit. Within a relatively short period of time, this tiny congregation of disciples came to include thousands of believers. (Acts 2:41; 4:4; 5:28; 6:7; 12:24; 19:20) Within three decades, the apostle Paul could say that the good news had already been “preached in all creation that is under heaven.”—Colossians 1:23.
(Watchtower issue: 07/15/08, 4:3-5)