Change is coming. Scratch that. The Kingdom is coming!

Posted: May 3, 2016 in TLCC
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I was given a red/blue baller supporting someone running in the Philippine Election. It has an inscription that says…

CHANGE IS COMING.

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Manong driver wears two ballers! Whoever wins, it’s fine with him!

While we, as a nation, is looking forward to the presidential elections, I think we’re all short sighted. We want to put our faith in a man, who or who may not bring change in the country. We’re looking for someone to transform our nation in a span of six years. Basically, that is what the election is. 

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People are clamoring for change. They are so passionate with who they are voting. Whether it is in social media or be it a conversation in the marketplace, everybody has something to say about their candidate.

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I believe that a lot of people are short sighted because they can’t see beyond six years. There is a man who would give REAL CHANGE, REAL TRANSFORMATION. That’s Jesus.

#1 Jesus is King.

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We can’t have a kingdom without king. As you read through the Bible, you will find the words, Kingdom of God or Kingdom of Heaven. The people of Israel are looking forward to the coming of this kingdom and the king. For a brief explanation on what this is, you can watch this video from The Bible Project. From Genesis to Malachi, the prophets spoke of a coming king. They would describe him slowly. That’s 4000 years from Genesis (Creation) to the birth of Jesus (3 AD).

The pharisees were asking Jesus WHEN the Kingdom is coming instead of acknowledging that the King has arrived. (Read Luke 17:20-37).

#2 His Kingdom is Coming.

Jesus answered the question of the pharisee by saying…

“The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”

In short, he’s saying the Kingdom of God is coming UNEXPECTEDLY. It doesn’t come with fanfare or a band. The Kingdom of God is already present. He then turned to his disciples and said…

“The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. And they will say to you, ‘Look, there!’ or ‘Look, here!’ Do not go out or follow them. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day.

He’s saying that the Kingdom of God is going to come OBVIOUSLY. Just like when we see lightning, we are amazed, shocked, or terrified. When lightning strikes, we don’t know when it is gonna strike, but we know that it was present. There is also a loud rumbling as soon as that lightning strikes. In the same way, The Kingdom of God is coming so obvious that everyone will know it has arrived.

But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.

The Kingdom of God is coming patiently. Suffering must come first before it comes. Christ has to die first before the ushering of the Kingdom of God. Our King died so that the Kingdom of God may come. The cross comes before suffering. I would want to skip the suffering part but Jesus said no! Suffering and rejection is part of our culture if we are his subjects. If our King suffered, so shall we.

Jesus didn’t just end there. He gave concrete examples of how unexpected the Kingdom of God is.

Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife.

Two examples. Noah and Lot. The people were not taking them seriously, nor were they prepared for the destruction that happened. In the same way, the Kingdom of God is coming in such a way that we don’t expect it. A lot of us would be doing the usual routine but here’s one thing that is certain. This kingdom is coming. We will be all affected when that Kingdom comes.

#3 You will either be Congratulated or Condemned. 

There are only two responses for us when this kingdom arrive. It is either we are congratulated for being part of it, or be condemned for not being a part of this.

Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it. I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding together. One will be taken and the other left.”

 It makes me weep that a lot of people are so passionate for their presidential candidates who would win and lead for six years and not focus on the King who would lead beyond six years. All the effort in campaigning for their president will be short lived. We ought to spend time, money, effort, resources in the King who would rule for eternity than for a man who would rule for six years.

I don’t mind if people call me crazy for preparing for eternity. It doesn’t make sense not to. I do pray that we would meet in the Kingdom that is coming.

 

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