“Thy kingdom come” – Q&A #10

Thy kingdom come.
Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.

Question: What did Jesus teach about God’s kingdom?

Answer: The coming of God’s kingdom appears to have been a major theme of Jesus’ ministry. Early in the story of Jesus, the Bible tells us:

“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” (Matt. 9:35)

Notice that Jesus healed people in addition to preaching the message of God’s kingdom. That certainly got their attention! Jesus told them that this healing was proof that the kingdom they had been awaiting for many years had finally arrived:

“If I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.”
(Luke 11:20)

The Jews had actually been expecting a different kind of kingdom to come on earth, however. They wanted to see God destroy their enemies, and free them from the Romans who had taken their country and their freedom. They did not expect to hear this surprising message:

“The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20, 21)

Do you recall from the Beatitudes, that Jesus taught the “poor in spirit” would possess the kingdom of heaven? We learned that qualities of humility and childlike receptiveness are important. The life of Jesus — his examples of humility, trust in God, and unselfed love — proved that God’s kingdom is come!

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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