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Jesus says, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)
The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of heaven are used interchangeably. Even though Jesus teaches so little on the church (mentions it twice), he spends lots of time teaching about the Kingdom. Today the Kingdom concept has escaped our notice, even though Jesus places so much emphasis on it. It’s not that the Kingdom has been rejected, but reduced. In general we reduce the Kingdom of God to our particular flavor of the faith we have embraced. Jesus is referring to the Kingdom of God, not the kingdom of the Catholics or Protestants or the Muslims or the Buddhists.
The way Jesus teaches it, the Kingdom is greater than anything that has ever existed on earth. Jesus makes it clear that the Kingdom is near, here and among us right now. It’s within reach!
Jesus and the Kingdom offer the only possible solution to transform the culture. There are three things about Jesus and the Kingdom that are most attractive and most effective in changing any society: FIRST-Character. Jesus set the character bar so high that he’s revered in every culture of the world. Jesus, the King, and the Kingdom provide the only moral authority with any kind of power to change society. The Church is not capable of it. The Church changes from time to time. Leaders are morally good and leaders become morally flawed. So, at any given time, the Church won’t be able to deliver a moral authority to the community. The Kingdom is constant.
SECOND-Fulfillment and meaning. Jesus is the ultimate standard and the lifestyle of Kingdom living is where ultimate fulfillment and meaning reside. They are the laws of the universe. You cannot break the laws of the Kingdom, but they can break you. If you refuse to live out the Kingdom principle of forgiveness, you will be bound by your lack of forgiveness. You will be eaten up with this unforgiving heart. When living within the Kingdom, you are safe and free and most fulfilled.
THIRD-Finding God. If God were to take on human flesh and live among us on this earth, He would say the things that Jesus said and do the things that Jesus did. If you follow the teachings and principles of Jesus, you will find the God of the universe.
Follow the King and you’ll discover the Kingdom; embrace the Kingdom lifestyle and you’ll discover the King. The Kingdom is the only thing Jesus calls the gospel-the gospel (good news) of the Kingdom. When you become more conversant with the Kingdom, you will come to know that this isn’t only the good news; it is the BEST NEWS ever-all in Jesus.