THE KINGDOM OF GOD HAS COME NEAR
Mark 1:14-15 ¶ After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee, preaching the good news of God: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe in the good news!”
The message that Jesus preached was the gospel, or good news, of the kingdom of God. He said the kingdom of God is at hand. Jesus was saying that God’s kingdom has come near, change the way you live. Most evangelical Christians have a contradiction between what they say they believe and the way they live their lives. Most will say they think the Kingdom of God is about to be displayed but their life and lifestyle say something different. Many live as if heaven is not real and all we have to look forward to is the enjoyment of our accomplishments, possessions, and our loved ones on earth. Jonathan Edwards had a different focus, here are some of his thoughts from “Heaven is a World of Love.”
“There dwells Christ in both his natures, the human and the divine, sitting on the same throne with the Father. And there dwells the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of divine love, in whom the very essence of God, as it were, flows out, and is breathed forth in love, and by whose immediate influence all holy love is shed abroad in the hearts of all the saints on earth and in heaven. There, in heaven, this infinite fountain of love – this eternal Three in One – is set open without any obstacle to hinder access to it, as it flows forever. There this glorious God is manifested, and shines forth, in full glory, in beams of love. And there this glorious fountain forever flows forth in streams, yea, in rivers of love and delight, and these rivers swell, as it were, to an ocean of love, in which the souls of the ransomed may bathe with the sweetest enjoyment, and their hearts, as it were, be deluged with love! Again, I would consider heaven, with regard,”
The Kingdom that Jesus preached about is going to be beyond description. It will start here on earth when Christ returns to rule for 1000 years with His redeemed sons and daughters. When He comes to this earth, all the demonic influence will be gone, an incredible kingdom of love, joy, and peace will begin. The results of the fall will be gone and forgotten. Christ Himself, in all His Glory, will be here with us. The earth will be covered with the Glory of the Lord. We will begin our eternal exploration of the beauty of His love, that will be beyond human words. We will be brought into the fellowship Christ has enjoyed with His Father from eternity, whatever that is like, we will be caught up in a fellowship of love greater than any pleasure or friendship we have ever known. Our reward for our years of serving Him will begin. Our time of sorrow will be over, the time of joy and celebration will be full on. If this is true, I believe it’s time for some changes. Begin to evaluate the parts of your life without eternal value and eliminate them. Embrace Christ and His Kingdom. Like Jesus said, “The kingdom of God has come near”.