At daybreak (Jesus) departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.” So he continued proclaiming the message in the synagogues of Judea. ~ Luke 4:42-44
Happy New Year!
Over the past couple of years of these devotions, you've heard me more than once - probably lots more - talk about Jesus and the Kin-dom of God. Of course, in scripture, that is put to us as the Kingdom of God. So, let's talk about the kingdom of God.
What is it? Where is it? When is it?
Jesus talked perhaps about nothing more than he did The Kingdom of God. It was his most central teaching. It was, and is, wrapped up tightly with the good news itself.
We begin the Gospel of Luke this year, and it alone mentions the Kingdom of God 32 times.
So what do we talk about when we talk about the Kingdom of God?
How did Jesus proclaim it?
How do we proclaim it?
Is it Heaven?
Are we waiting for it?
Is it even a place at all?
And why does this devotion writer prefer saying the Kin-dom of God?
Your Kingdom come, Lord. Amen