Thoughts from today’s reading of Acts 1…
3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
It’s amazing how the things that the people of God have struggled with actually haven’t change that much over the years. Obviously, the forms in which we struggle have changed, but at the core of these different forms is the single most preached message by Jesus Christ Himself—the Kingdom of God. He began His ministry with it—the Kingdom of God is near. He spoke of it throughout His 3 years—the Kingdom of God is like… And here in the today’s text, we see that He spent the last 40 days before He was taken up to sit at the right hand of God speaking to His disciples once again… about the Kingdom of God. Do you think the Kingdom of God was important to Him?
I think it’s a mistake to think that the Kingdom of God that Jesus talks about has to do with some physical realm here on this earth. Actually, the Kingdom of God has to do with what Jayson posted today regarding the supremacy or the primacy of Jesus Christ in our lives. It has to do with the rule and reign of Jesus in our public everyday life as well as the private one (our thought-life). Whatever it is that we struggle with—it is actually a struggle to establish the rule and reign or the primacy of Jesus Christ in that particular circumstance. We should never dismiss the challenge of those circumstances. However, we cannot deny the fact that when it comes to life, it IS His rule and reign that sets us apart from the world itself and gives us hope of a eternal future when that will never be an issue again. #desiringGod2017