Read: Luke 2:19
The kingdom of God has come on us. Jesus reigns completely. However, it may be difficult to understand at first how these words “The kingdom of God has come on us” could bring comfort to a Christian who is having a hard time finding a job; struggling to get enough money for enrolment or food for the family; or one who is having trouble with his relationships. Let us notice what Jesus told Pilate before His crucifixion. He said in verse 36 of John chapter 18, “My kingdom is not of this world”… in verse 37, “You say that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears my voice.”
Christ’s rule is not how the kingdoms of the earth rule. He rules in the hearts and minds of men by the power of truth. He is a witness for the God who has made the earth and against the sin, which has ruined it (Isaiah 55:4). He came to reveal God’s truth which otherwise could not have been known concerning God and his will and good-will to men which he confirmed through the miracles He has performed among many people. By the word of His testimony, He sets up and keeps up His kingdom. Christ’s kingdom is not of the world where truth fails but in the hearts of men where the truth reigns eternal.
In this world, we need to endure all kinds of suffering. It is to remind us that this is not our home and that this world has no room for Jesus. However, those who belong to the kingdom hear His voice and follow Him faithfully no matter how this world makes it difficult for us. God has chosen us and has destined us to be heirs with Christ. There is great glory waiting for all who are in Christ. Jesus is preparing for us a new home, a whole new kingdom where all sufferings will cease. As Jesus has said, “I have overcome the world!”
On the first Christmas, Christ has come as a baby. However, at the fullness of time, He shall come again as King in all His glory and splendor. Those who belong to the kingdom shall meet Him in the clouds and shall be with Him forever (1Thessalonians 4:16-18). He expects our loyal service.
Let us keep and ponder God’s truth in our hearts. Let us always keep in our hearts and minds the great mercy and grace that we have received through Christ -by His death and resurrection- for that will give us the power to live as loyal people of the Kingdom of God.
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