Topic: His Kingdom [Tuesday March 28, 2017]
Text: Luke 17:20-37
Key Verse: “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20)
Children of God begin to experience the kingdom of God within, when they surrender to Jesus. When we become genuinely born again, we start to enjoy untold spiritual blessings made available to us through the Spirit of God. The Jews expected the kingdom of God to supersede the Roman kingdom of their own time.
God’s kingdom is universal and greater than the myopic concept of the Jews. Jesus was on a journey to Jerusalem passing through Samaria and Galilee and in one of their villages, there met Him ten Lepers whom He cured. Only one of them returned to show his gratitude. It was in this process that the Pharisees asked Him matters concerning the kingdom of God. This led our Lord to unfold the nature of the Kingdom’s advent. His Kingdom is not of this world but in men’s hearts. The Pharisees were looking forward to a time when Israel would get their own self-government. He answered them to the contrary, that the Kingdom would not come by observation. The working of God’s plan is different from the egocentric view of men. We must first know the nature and components of God’s kingdom before we begin to look forward to its coming.
God must need wipe away all corruption and evils from both hearts of men and the world before His Kingdom will come. Our Lord Jesus Christ is certainly coming back again to this earth to reign gloriously. His coming will be sudden and will take the world by surprise. The world will be moving on in its trade and worldly amusements when the Son of man will come. This was why He cautioned us to remember Lot’s wife. We are not to look for blessings in things that are fading away but to the kingdom of God that brings peace and blessings and which abideth forever.
Thought for the day: He who is ruled by Kingdom values, will reign with Christ eternally.
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