Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
God’s Kingdom is here! After a week of watching this country argue and fight over an election I just want to say – God is still King! This election has become very personal for many people as they feel like over man vs. another is going to strip them of their rights and their freedoms. If we keep putting our hope in human leadership we are never going to find what we are looking for. We will always live with a sense of fear and uneasiness. Now, maybe more than ever, is when we need to realize that God is King and His Kingdom is in our midst.
This statement from Jesus reminds me that I do not need to wait for this Kingdom, but that I can enjoy this Kingdom today, if I want to. We should not just be waiting for a future Kingdom, we should also be living in a present Kingdom. Jesus says this Kingdom is here and in fact when you pray, ask for this Kingdom to come. For God to reign supreme in this place just as He does in heaven. So, let’s look for this Kingdom and watch for ways it is breaking forth in our lives and in this world.
When asked what to look for in Matthew 11:4-5 Jesus answered with look for healing, look for life, and look for hope among the hopeless. God’s Kingdom is here healing our lives, giving us life, and bringing us hope. Fear not – God is King. Let’s put our faith there and live in His Kingdom and not get so dependent on the kings of this world.
Pastor Matt Huff leads Portland Central Nazarene Church. He loves being in ministry and seeing lives transformed by the power of Christ.