He said therefore, "What is the kingdom of God like, and what can I compare it to?
It's like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the sky nested in its branches."
Again He said, "What can I compare the kingdom of God to?
It's like yeast that a woman took and mixed into 50 pounds of flour until it spread through the entire mixture."
He went through one town and village after another, teaching and making His way to Jerusalem.
"Lord," someone asked Him, "are there few being saved?" He said to them,
"Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and won't be able
once the homeowner gets up and shuts the door. Then you will stand outside and knock on the door, saying, 'Lord, open up for us!' He will answer you, 'I don't know you or where you're from.'
Then you will say, 'We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets!'
But He will say, 'I tell you, I don't know you or where you're from. Get away from Me, all you workers of unrighteousness!'
There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth in that place, when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but yourselves thrown out.
They will come from east and west, from north and south, and recline at the table in the kingdom of God.
Note this: some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last."
At that time some Pharisees came and told Him, "Go, get out of here! Herod wants to kill You!"
He said to them, "Go tell that fox, 'Look! I'm driving out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will complete My work.'
Yet I must travel today, tomorrow, and the next day, because it is not possible for a prophet to perish outside of Jerusalem!
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem! The city who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her. How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!
See, your house is abandoned to you. And I tell you, you will not see Me until the time comes when you say, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! "