Two thousand years ago, a baby was born of a virgin mother into this world through the power of the Holy Spirit. Long years before his birth, the Jewish prophets foretold his coming and called him Immanuel, which means “God with us.” Amazing! The angel who announced his birth named him Jesus, which means Jehovah-Savior. He grew to manhood in Nazareth of Galilee, in ancient Israel. Around age 30, he began his public ministry, announcing the Gospel (the good news) that his Kingdom was near. “Repent,” he urged, “for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). Matthew, one of his intimate disciples describes Jesus’ earthly ministry like this: “Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people” (Matthew 9:35).
And did you know that we ought to be preaching the same message. Jesus said, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14).
Today there are many “believers.” We believe, but we are more than believers. We are earnest followers of Jesus Christ. We purpose to live as Jesus lived in the world. Like He did, we proclaim that the Kingdom of God is present, near to all of us. And that’s good news? YOU and I can be part of God’s Kingdom–today! But to enter his Kingdom, we must repent, turn from our sins and surrender to Him. We can’t earn our entrance into the Kingdom, or buy our way in. But we can’t enter the Kingdom unless we surrender ourselves and all we have and are to the King.
We’d love to talk to you about this eternal Kingdom. Below are a few links that will lead you to “Kingdom resources,” websites that will help you learn more about the eternal Kingdom of God.
www.scrollpublishing.com offers a wealth of information about the early Christians, in both written and recorded form. Many times I have wished I could ask Jesus a question. Haven’t you? Or if not Jesus, if only we could ask Peter or John or Paul. Well, we can’t. But we can “ask” Polycarp, for example. Polycarp, the bishop of the church at Smyrna, was martyred in 156 a.d. when he was 86 years old. The amazing thing is that Polycarp, as a young man, sat at the feet of John the apostle. Polycarp was in Smyrna when Jesus gave that church a commendatory message (Revelation 2). Polycarp tells us what Christianity was like in the first half of the second century in the writings he left that we can still read. So why don’t we “ask” Polycarp? Maybe he, and other Christians of that generation, could tell us what the church was like in the first two centuries following the apostles. If you start on this journey of discovery, your eyes will be opened. Mine were!
www.followers-of-the-way.org contains a link to a two-hour debate on the “Just War” theory. Most Christians today believe that Christians can and should support and defend their country in time of war. But what does Jesus say? Does it matter what He says? Two top proponents of the Just War theory take on two Kingdom Christians. Listen and learn. In the end, it’s not really important who won the debate. What Jesus says is what matters!