In the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe one of the clearest pictures of Gods kingdom coming on earth is the idea of spring breaking into the perpetual winter that has been facing Narnia. This winter began as a result of the work of the enemy in the land of Narnia. However now that Aslan, the Jesus figure in the book, is approaching in His fullness, spring is breaking into winter!
I love this picture of spring because it makes sense to me. While living in Omaha one of the most difficult times of the year for me was the end of March and early April because I was so tired of ugly, dirty snow covering the streets. I vividly remember one spring I came home to Georgia to go on a three day fishing trip with my dad. Spring had already begun to burst on the scene as temperatures had risen, trees and flowers had started to bloom and as we fished the chills of our Omaha snows melted away in my mind. As I boarded my flight back to Nebraska the memory of snow had been replaced by the sounds of birds chirping and children playing and I couldn't wait to get back and dive head first into the joy of a new season. But tragedy struck.
On the flight back to Omaha, as we were nearing the state line of Iowa and Nebraska, I looked out the window of the airplane to see, of all things, a freak, early spring snow shower that ended up dumping about five inches of snow in Omaha. I was crushed. I hate to say I was depressed but at the time it was definitely the word that fit my emotions most clearly. Instead of spring breaking into my winter, the cold, lifesless and dreaded winter had invaded MY life-filled, joyous spring.
When Jesus tells his listeners "The time has come. The kingdom of God is near. Turn and believe the good news", he really believes it is good news. Why? Because Gods kingdom coming to earth means that spring is breaking into winter. Life, freedom, joy, salvation is breaking into the places where the enemy has been bringing about death. And the beautiful thing about spring is when it comes, it does so in a complete manner, meaning nothing is left untouched. There is never any snow left on the ground when spring comes to Nebraska. It may try to hold on but ultimately it all melts away and gives way to spring. So it is with the kingdom. His kingdom is over all and affects all and our life and action must represent this reality.
Question: What do you think it means to be a "Kingdom Minded People?" What winter do you think Jesus wants to bring His spring into?