“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” – Matthew 6:33
What does this look like? If the kingdom was so central to Jesus’ life and ministry, then we cannot afford fussiness about its meaning and significance.
These are quotes from Jesus —
- The kingdom of God was the subject of Jesus’ first message when He told the people the Kingdom of God is at hand.
“The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!” – Mark 1:15
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free” – Luke 4:18
- The kingdom was also the subject of His last message.
…During the forty days after his crucifixion, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God… Acts 1:1-8
- Jesus Himself said the kingdom was the goal, the intention and the purpose of all His teaching.
“He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of God. But I use parables to teach the others so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled:
‘When they look, they won’t really see.
When they hear, they won’t understand.’ – Luke 8:10
- We all know the Lord’s prayer — “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done”
- Jesus even goes so far as to say that the end of this age will not come until the gospel of the kingdom reached all ethnic groups.
“And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.” – Matthew 24:14