The Kingdom Of God Is At Hand

February 21, 2012 § 2 Comments

On the eve of a new Lenten season, it is important to yet again hear the words of Jesus when He started his ministry proclaiming the good news of God:  “The kingdom of God is near.  Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15).  There are two aspects to this proclamation of Jesus that are important as we enter the season of Lent.  First, if you read the rest of the Gospel of Mark and discovers how the story of Jesus unfolds, you gradually realize that the nature of God’s kingdom is entirely different from what anyone would expect.  In fact, the power of God’s kingdom illustrates exactly the opposite than would the power dynamics of worldly kingdoms.  It is the power of God’s self-sacrificial love cultivated through a journey of suffering and death at a cross for the sake of others rather than the self-centered power plays of worldly ego’s on their self-indulgent journeys to attempted victories over others.  Secondly, this kingdom of God is at hand.  It comes to us as a gift from God every single day.  It breaks into our self-indulgent worlds as God’s future among us.  Do we see it with our eyes of faith?  Do we embrace it when we catch the glimpses of its presence among us?  That is your challenge and mine today!

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