Thy Kingdom Come
When we feel like those in power are abusing us—high taxes, injustice in the courts, theft of our property, and attacks against our freedom to worship, it’s normal to ask, “God, when is Your Kingdom going to come?” After all, Jesus did teach us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” So I find myself asking today at the end of October, 2017, when is this prayer going to be answered?
In the first century the disciples asked Jesus this same question and they had a good reason. For forty days after the resurrection Jesus kept appearing to His disciples, and what do you think He talked to them about? He taught them about God’s Kingdom. So they asked Him if the time was now.
“Then gathering around Him, they were asking, ‘Lord, will You at this time restore the Kingdom to Israel?’ He responded, ‘It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father has established by His own authority, but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:6-8
The Jewish Scriptures promised that God’s people would return from exile and God would send a new David to rule in Jerusalem. Check out Hosea 3:5, “Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days.”
At the beginning of Luke’s Gospel Gabriel, the archangel, promised Mary that her son would rule over the house of Jacob forever and his kingdom would never end (Lk. 1:32). As we moved toward the climax of the Story during the Last Supper, Jesus told His disciples that they would rule with Him “judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Lk. 22:30); therefore, it was not prideful for the apostles to ask if now was the time.
Jesus didn’t rebuke them for asking but He did redirect their vision. He gave them and all of us who believe a job to get done. The message about God’s grace revealed in the forgiveness provided at the cross and the gift of eternal life verified by the resurrection needs to be proclaimed to the farthest corner of the earth, and God is going to give us a gift that will enable us to do this.
LORD, I pray that all of Your children, will realize that nothing can stop us from living for Your Kingdom and witnessing to Jesus’ power to still give a new life. Your Son will still come no matter what happens in the election when You say it’s time, and Your will will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
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