Jesus on the Kingdom
What did Jesus believe about the Kingdom?
1. The Kingdom to Come (Hope/Judgment)
Matthew 19:27-28 Jesus told his disciples they would rule with him in the Kingdom to come. (See also Revelation 2:26-27.)
The Kingdom to come involves both restoration and judgment.
2. The Kingdom Message (Gospel/Repentance)
Mark 1:14-15 This message should grab our attention! It sounds a lot like the prophets: Isaiah 13:6; Ezekiel 30:3; Joel 2:1; Obadiah 15; Zephaniah 1:14; Matthew 3:2.
The Kingdom gospel inspires repentance. Are you hanging onto sin? (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
3. The Kingdom Way (Lifestyle/Allegiance)
Luke 11:17-20 Long before Gandhi allegedly said, “Be the change you want to see in the world,” Jesus embodied the Kingdom in his ministry from his exorcisms to his healing ministry to his love ethic.
4. The Kingdom Mindset (Identity/Messiah)
John 4:25-26; 11:21-27 Jesus claimed to be the Messiah and took seriously his role in the age to come.
If you don’t have the Kingdom, you don’t have Jesus!
The Kingdom changes everything! It’s the hope we long for and the judgment we fear; it’s the gospel we share with the world inspiring repentance; it shapes how we live as well as our allegiances; it alters our identity as the royal rulers of the age to come. The Kingdom is a big deal.
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