The kingdom of God has come near to you.
Luke 10:9 New International Version
Jesus did not go through the Cross so we could go to church and wait for His second coming. Jesus went to the Cross so that we can enter the Kingdom. The Kingdom is both spiritual and practical. It encompasses the preaching of the gospel and the transforming of lives.
The deeper we grow in our understanding of the gospel of the Kingdom, the greater our love and compassion for the lost, the broken-hearted, the poor, the marginalised, and the oppressed. After all, the Kingdom is for such as these.
Most Christians do not go beyond the four walls of their church buildings. They are completely alienated from their call to proclaim that God’s Kingdom is here. Put simply: Jesus is both King and Lord of all creation and every city. He came to reverse the effects of sin’s curse on everything that belongs to Him. He accomplished that through His death and resurrection and for the reason He now reigns from heaven. And because Jesus wants us to savour His victory and enjoy His redemptive work, He invites us: “Come, follow me.”
This invitation involves us to become participants in God’s ministry of reconciliation. Since Christ has reconciled all things to Himself, we go with Christ to care for a hurting world and at the same time declare the glorious news of the presence and power of the Kingdom, for now and forever.
Again, the Kingdom is spiritual and practical. It is not just merely saying words of God’s grace, but it follows up with actions that embody God’s love as well. The gospel of the Kingdom ought to shape and direct the centre of our church life and personal life. When we take God’s intention to bring all peoples to receive what is rightfully theirs in Christ, we would want to be a part of God’s reconciling ministry of grace, justice and mercy to our city and everywhere we go. There is no better expression of our faith in the gospel than to extend Christ’s invitation to all and say: “Come and see.”
Application: What is the Holy Spirit saying to me from today’s scripture reading? What is it saying about God and me and helping me in my Christian walk?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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