The Kingdom of God: Here & Now!

….and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15 (NASB)

When I was a kid we opened up our gifts on Christmas Eve.  It was awesome.  While all of my friends had to go to bed early…I got to stay up until the wee hours of the morning playing with my new toys!  I love Christmas Eve.  My cousin’s, brother and sister would wait anxiously all day until the time when the adults would say “It’s time”!    We would hurry past all of our new underwear and socks and go straight for the toys.  Pure. Awesomeness.

In this passage, in Mark, Jesus said that  “The time is fulfilled”.   Jesus was announcing that the Kingdom of God was here.  Specifically, Jesus said that the Kingdom of God “is at hand”.  The Kingdom of God is not off in the future in some far away place.  The Kingdom of God is for the here & the now!  That is so refreshing in so many ways.  I don’t have to wait for the future for this to happen.  I don’t have to wait until I die.   Jesus invites you and I to live in this world and enjoy the Kingdom…now.  You see…Jesus came to radically bring change.   He not only to came to change me..he came to change the world.  This is my Father’s world.

Jesus also said that in order to embrace this Kingdom we must repent.  Repentance is defined as a “change of mind which leads to a change of life”.  What do we need to repent from?  What do we need to think differently about?  What exactly was Jesus referring to?  Yes….we obviously need to change our attitude about our sin and relationship with God.  That is a given.  However, I believe that God wants us to change our attitude about everything.

We need to repent because our ideas for the world are the complete opposite of God’s.  Jesus wants us to repent from our sin and turn towards the Gospel.  Specifically Jesus said to “believe in the gospel”. The gospel is “good news”.  Jesus wants to save us from our indifference to the suffering of the world. Jesus wants to save us from our pious political views.  Jesus wants to save us from the way we take care of creation.  Jesus wants to save us from the way we treat each other.   Jesus wants to save us from what we think about God.  Jesus wants to save us from our sin.

The Gospel is an invitation to a new life.  An invitation that involves the redemptive work that God does with Creation.  The Gospel is how God chooses to restore Creation.  The Kingdom is here.  The Kingdom is now.  This was God’s world, it is God’s world and this will always be God’s world!

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3 thoughts on “The Kingdom of God: Here & Now!

  1. Thanks for your wisdom. I love it. To me, that phrase on Mark 1:15 can been retranslated as (a little long translation actually), “Rethink everything! The way you see your world and how you live in it must change, for it is not the way of Me. My way of living is going to be revealed to you soon. Actually, it has already been revealed. And I’m going to turn the whole world rightside-up! You better believe it.” Thanks for allowing me to comment.

  2. THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH!
    The Kingdom of God! Sounds kind of heavenly, doesn’t it. But is it? Or is it right here on earth now in the midst of us all? Let’s see what the Holy Bible has to say about it.
    In Matthew 12:28, Jesus tells the Pharisees that the Kingdom of God has come upon them. In Mark 12:34, He also tells the scribe that he is not far from the Kingdom of God.
    In Matthew 16:19, Jesus gives Peter the keys to the Kingdom, and then establishes His Church on Peter the Rock. Jesus says that whatever this Church binds on earth shall be bound in heaven, where Jesus reigns now.
    So what does all of this tell us? It tells us that the Kingdom of God was established on earth by Jesus Christ in the year 33 AD, in the form of His Church, led by Peter.
    The Bible says in Luke 17:20-21 that the establishment of the Kingdom will not be accompanied by signs, which would presumably preclude angelic trumpet blasts and dead people coming back to life.
    Instead, Jesus says that the Kingdom of God is in the midst of us, now. And Jesus said in Matthew 28:18 that all authority in heaven and on earth has already been given to Him.
    Isn’t it an insult for us to say that that statement isn’t a reference to His Kingdom having already being established? And where is the Kingdom of God on earth? It would be in the Tabernacle at each and every Catholic Church, where Jesus Christ is truly present, body, blood, soul, and divinity, in the Eucharist!
    He’s waiting for you to come see Him and talk to Him, right now! And the really good news is that everyone who is in the state of grace is a prince or princess of this Kingdom, right now!

  3. Michael….thank you for commenting. However, I couldn’t disagree more. The Kingdom of God is at hand..Jesus says. The “church” did not come into being until Acts chapter 2. It is my belief that the Kingdom was instituted way, way before that.

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