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Rehearsal Devotion 5-17-2017

posted May 17, 2017, 1:55 PM by Jeff Mashaw   [ updated May 19, 2017, 8:23 AM ]

I heard a song this week: Arise, by Hillsong United (see this previous blog post). This song has the lyric "Arise, for the kingdom has come." This has got me thinking about the significance of the kingdom of God. Here is a quote from Psalm 145:

Psalm 145:10–13 (ESV)

            10       All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, 
      and all your saints shall bless you! 
            11       They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom 
      and tell of your power, 
            12       to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, 
      and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 
            13       Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, 
      and your dominion endures throughout all generations. 

                  [The LORD is faithful in all his words 
      and kind in all his works.]

Jesus' first sermon in Mark (1:15) was "Repent and believe for the kingdom of God is near." To understand the message of Jesus, we have to understand the kingdom. The more I study and uncover about the kingdom, the more amazed I am at the ideas contained here. In fact, the Kingship of Jesus is at the heart of the gospel. To declare that Jesus is Lord, is to call Him King. Scripture testifies to this fact from start to finish, that Jesus is indeed the king. Also, as we can see from this passage, Scripture teaches us that every created thing will recognize God's authority. 

But the thought that has been on mind lately is that the this idea of the Kingdom is supposed to permeate every area of the believer's life. Our mission is to expand the kingdom. Our citizenship is not on earth, but in God's kingdom. We are ambassadors of God's kingdom. Our message of hope is essentially that there is a Good King who desires our allegiance. This kingdom is invisible but present everywhere. It's impact is obvious to those who know where to look for it.

The miracles of the kingdom continue in our midst. Blind eyes are being opened every day. Those who were born lame are being healed to rise and serve. Those were are lost are being found. And most, amazingly, those who were dead are now alive. This is a miraculous work of the spirit of God as a sign for His kingdom.