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Return to the Kingdom of God

John 18.33-37
So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.
This week as we continue through our Lenten journey, we are focusing in on the idea of returning to the Kingdom of God. Jesus spoke quite often about the Kingdom of God during His teachings. But the concept or idea of the Kingdom of God goes all the way back to Genesis 14 where Abraham offers a tithe of spoils from war to a mysterious king Melchizedek. Jesus Himself proclaims that the Kingdom of God is at hand (Matthew 4.17). Jesus brought the Kingdom with Him when He first arrived on the scene as an infant (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). Every miracle and healing that Jesus performed while on the earth was to bring the Kingdom of God to the earth. Jesus even taught His disciples to pray that the Kingdom of God would come (Matthew 6.10).

The earth as it stands today is in a cosmic battle between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. One of the main purposes of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection was to ultimately defeat the kingdom of darkness and bring people from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of Light (Colossians 1.13). So when Jesus finds Himself before Pilate being asked if He is the King of the Jews, Jesus’ ultimate answer is “yes.” But as Jesus points out His Kingdom is not of this world. The Kingdom of God is beyond this world. The world and space themselves cannot contain the Kingdom of God. Truly it’s beyond our comprehension what magnitude and greatness the Kingdom of God possesses.

So during this Lenten season let us return to the Kingdom that will never fade. Return to the King who has conquered death, Hell, and the grave. Return to the King and Kingdom that loved us enough to stand in our place and receive the punishment that was due wretched sinners like you and me. Return to that Kingdom; return to that King whose name is above every name: King Jesus Christ.

In Christ’s Service,
Cody Ragland
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