207. Kingdom of God.
'After his suffering ... He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the Kingdom of God.' (Acts 1:3) During this period of forty days after his resurrection, Jesus had only one topic to talk about - the kingdom of God! If Jesus gave such emphasis to the kingdom of God, we better do the same! But what do we know about the kingdom, to speak even for 40 minutes? But Jesus consistently spoke about the Kingdom every time he appeared to the disciples, because he wanted to enlighten them about the kingdom that was about to appear, for he once said, "I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Kingdom of God come with power." ( Mark 9:1) What he meant was that it wouldn't be long before the Kingdom of God would be revealed with power on the day of Pentecost. Elsewhere, it's written: "I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom." (Matthew 16:28) Yes, they did! 'He showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive.' ( Acts 1:3) Starting with John the Baptist, none of them preached that the kingdom had come but said, "Repent, for the Kingdom of God is NEAR." So did Jesus (Mark 1:15) and the Apostles.(Matthew 10:7) During his three and a half years of public ministry, Jesus demonstrated the power of the coming kingdom but the Kingdom hadn't come yet! Then on the day of Pentecost it came with such power that all of Jerusalem was astir ! People ran in the direction from where they heard the sound come from, to find out for themselves what had happened. And to their amazement, they found a group of 120 people on fire! They were bewildered, 'because each one heard them speaking in his own language.' Utterly amazed they asked: "Are not these men who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them speaking in his own native language? ... we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!" ( Acts 2:6-11) The Kingdom of God is indeed a wonder and its coming has been declared in all languages because its scope and impact is universal. This is partly in fulfillment of the vision God gave to Daniel. "In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed ... It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.' ( Daniel 2:44) The vision will be totally fulfilled at the second coming of Jesus when the Kingdom of God will be visibly established on earth when 'the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ and he will reign for ever and ever.' ( Revelation 11:15) Untill then the 'kingdom of God is within you'. (Luke 17:21) Have you entered the kingdom? If not, hurry up before the door is shut! ( Matthew 25:10, Luke13:25) Amen