Wednesday, December 15, 2010

What Kind of Kingdom? part 3

The Kingdom of Heaven is a Kingdom that Jesus brought to the earth. It’s the Good News of forgiveness of sins, that Jesus made possible through His death and resurrection.

It requires repentance and becoming humble like a child.

It is a Kingdom for those who recognize their need for a Savior.

And we must have a love for the truth to recognize who Jesus is and to believe what He says.

Jesus said, “I assure you, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death to life.” (John 5:24)

At the core of Jesus’ mission on earth and His teaching was the preaching of the Good News to the poor. And so, He expects the same of His followers.

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate them as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.

Then the King will say to those on the right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:31-36)

Thus, Jesus taught that the Kingdom of God was prepared for those who love and take care of the needy in the world. Whatever we do for the least, we are doing for Jesus. If we refuse to help the poor and needy, we are refusing to help Jesus and will be counted among the goats, who will receive eternal punishment instead of eternal life. (Matthew 25:44-46)

When Jesus returns, in all His glory, as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, He will come as judge of the nations, and there will be a new Kingdom of Heaven. Then, Jesus will be given authority, honor, and royal power over all the nations of the world, so that people of every race and nation and language will obey him.” (Daniel 7:14)

The apostle John began his letter of Revelation with the words:
"This letter is from John to the seven churches in the province of Asia. Grace and peace from the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come; from the sevenfold Spirit before his throne; and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the commander of all the rulers of the world. All praise to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us. He has made us his kingdom and his priests who serve before God his Father. Give to him everlasting glory! He rules forever and ever! Amen! " (Revelation 1:4-6)

And at the conclusion of the letter, describing the new heaven and the new earth:
“No temple could be seen in the city, for the LORD Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light. The nations of the earth will walk in its light, and the rulers of the world will come and bring their glory to it.” (Revelation 21:22-24)

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let each one who hears them say, “Come.” Let the thirsty ones come—anyone who wants to. Let them come and drink the water of life without charge…He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!”

Amen! Come LORD Jesus! (Revelation 22:17, 20)

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