“But He (Jesus) said to them, I must preach the good news (the Gospel) of the kingdom of God to the other cities [and towns] also, for I was sent for this [purpose].”
Luke 4:43 Amplified Bible (Classic Edition)
It has always been about the Kingdom. God came not to establish a religion but a Kingdom with Christ as King. Jesus came to establish a Kingdom, not a religion, not a way of worship, not a habit of going to church, or even a kind of morality. He came to institute the government of Heaven upon the Earth.
In Genesis 1:26-28, We see that God created man with the purpose of establishing a Kingdom. The spirit of dominion which is expressed in exploration, innovation and expansion is the nature of God’s Kingdom. God’s plan for establishing His Kingdom was not a short process but more like a relay race. In Exodus 19:5-6, God told the Israelites that He wanted to make them a ‘kingdom of priests’ through the covenant He made with them. This means even the law from God that Moses brought to the Israelites was intended to establish the Kingdom of God. God would raise up prophets and judges to help them assimilate the Kingdom, and spread it across the world. God knew, however, that the law was not enough to truly bring humanity into His Kingdom; He always knew that His Kingdom on Earth would need a King, and not just any kind of King but the Messiah, Jesus the Christ. Through Him, the dominion of the Kingdom is perfected in Us and on Earth.
We’re too busy trying to get to Heaven but God is trying to get Heaven to Earth through us!
All four gospels attest to the fact that Jesus, himself, embraced His purpose as King by identifying as the long-awaited Christ, the specially anointed King who was equal and in complete union with God (Matthew 16:15-20, Mark 14:61-62, Luke 24:44-46, John 18:33-37). The Israelites awaited this King that would deliver the Kingdom of God to them, and now, all of humanity gets to experience Him through Faith – believing He is who He says He is.
In the previous post, we emphasised that this is a crucial season to align with the King. But how do we do this? There’s a simple key but we could miss it, just like a lot of the Israelites did when Jesus was on Earth. You see they expected Christ to come in splendour and majesty but He showed up in a manger. They didn’t understand that Christ needed to be ordinary, to be like us. Everything He did was not as God but as a man specially anointed by God and one with God. He did this so that We could become like Him so that He would be the ‘firstborn’ of the Kingdom (Romans 8:29). In this Kingdom, there are no subjects or slaves but rather kings; that is why Jesus is known as the King of kings!
In the next post, we are going to share a simple but truly important way to align with the King in this season of change. But the most important thing to take away from this article is that God’s plan has always been to establish a Kingdom with Christ as King. And in a Kingdom, you don’t tell the King what to do; rather you follow His instructions.
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Explore the following questions:
- Has your Christian life been about the Kingdom or more of a mere religion/doctrine?
- Do you believe you can have a relationship with God like Jesus did on Earth?
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