Today I invite you to consider the vision put forth by the leader of a different kind of kingdom.
Jesus, at about age 30, boldly announced that,”The time has come. The kingdom of God is near.” (Mark 1:15) He then traveled through the Galilean area teaching and demonstrating the vision and values of the his kingdom.
A Powerful Kingdom
Jesus taught truth wisely, authoritatively and gently, he healed all kinds of diseases, delivered people from demons, calmed storms, multiplied food and even raised people from the dead. Nothing is impossible for Jesus; his is a very powerful kingdom.
Does a powerful kingdom appeal to you?
A Unified Kingdom
Jesus chose a tax collector, hated for his association with Rome, and a Jewish zealot, working for revolt against Rome, both to be his disciples. In so doing he enveloped the full political spectrum and proved that allegiance to Jesus supersedes political loyalty. He invited men and women, rich and poor, Jews and Gentiles (the divisive racial distinction of Jesus’ day) to enter his kingdom. The Kingdom of God is for everyone, and in it we are each equally loved and valued.
Is it really possible to overcome political, racial, economic, gender and social divisions in such a kingdom? Would you vote for that?
A Free Kingdom
Jesus lived in freedom from the Pharisaical rule book (which was often followed at the expense of God’s true laws), thereby exposing the tyranny of both legalism and politically correct behavior. Jesus followed God, not people.
Would you like to live in real freedom from the legalistic demands and/or group-think expectations of others?
The kingdom of God, its power, unity and freedom, is present on the earth now, and one day it will be fully realized.
Those who follow Jesus represent his kingdom in this world. Does the world see the vision of the kingdom of God?
Would you vote for Jesus?
It’s difficult to get our heads around the concept of the kingdom of God. It always has been. For example, after performing stunning miracles Jesus would tell amazed onlookers not to tell anyone what they had seen. Why would he do that? (More on that in my next post.)
“…the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” Matthew 13:45
I would truly value your feedback on a couple of questions:
If you are a follower of Jesus, do you experience power, freedom and unity in your Christian communities?
If you are not a follower of Jesus, do you see evidence of power, freedom and unity among Christians? Does/would that appeal to you?