Day 9 - The Kingdom
“Repent! For the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” --Matthew 4:17
It may not seem like it, but we are indeed still working backwards through Jesus’s life and teaching. Last week we studied the salvation that Jesus accomplished by dying on a cross and overcoming death; today we want to focus on the subject that Jesus taught throughout His life: The kingdom. Jesus talked about how to be saved by believing in His sacrifice on the cross a recorded seven times in the Bible; He taught on the kingdom of God more than 80 times, and if we accept Jesus’s identity as King, we should explore His kingdom.
When I hear the word “kingdom” the first thing that comes to my mind is a place where a king reigns, but the Greek word that the Bible uses in this instance (basilea) doesn’t refer to a place, but rather to the authority of the king. When Jesus says “the kingdom of heaven is at hand” what He’s saying is that God’s authority is now present through Him on earth.
How does this definition of the kingdom of God change the way you think about who Jesus is?