Day 11 - The Kingdom that is Here
“Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, ‘The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, “Look, here it is!” or “There!” for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.’” --Luke 17:20-21
For as much as could be said and written about God’s kingdom, it can mostly be boiled down into two categories: The part of the kingdom that Jesus brought into the world through His life, and the rest of the kingdom that Jesus will bring when He returns for judgement and rapture. Tomorrow we’ll talk about that second part, but the first, that of the kingdom that’s here already, is something Jesus cared a lot about, as we can see in the verse above.
When Jesus began preaching He would go around saying, “Repent! For the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” By God’s Son entering into human history, He radically transformed the way mankind can relate to God and to the world where we live. Before Christ, satan was the ruling authority on earth, and his evil pervaded people’s lives, but when Jesus began casting demons out of people and healing the sick, He was demonstrating that by His kingdom penetrating earth, satan would no longer have authority over mankind; that Jesus was now in charge.
Theologian George Ladd wrote, “In the spiritual realm, the kingdom now offers to men the blessings of God’s rule, delivering them from the power of satan and sin.” Our lives here on earth can be delivered from satan’s power by trusting in Jesus as our King.
Read Mark 3:27 and substitute “strong man” with “satan.” How does this verse help clarify what we studied today?