A coming universal kingdom is certain
One of the most significant lines in the Lord’s prayer Matthew 6:9-13 is; “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.” As we move into a new year we are hoping for a more prosperous year than the one now history. The reality is, it could be just as difficult as the last and possibly, worse. What a new year holds only God knows. Courage is needed for the uncertain future. Life is never easy for long. Experience has taught us that in the temporal world difficult seasons can be expected in every life at one time or another. Man’s greatest resource is hope as, opposed to despair, so that we can face an uncertain future with cheerful anticipation rather than dread and fearfulness.
This is the point where the message of Jesus Christ is good news for the whole world which is now painfully existing under a crushing burden of endless worries and fears. Christ’s words, “Your kingdom come — On earth as it is in heaven” is not wishful thinking or some imaginary happy ending to a sad fairy tale. It is the very heart of the Gospel Jesus preached and made credible by His resurrection from the dead. Notice the words in Mark 1:14-15, “Jesus came – preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” In these words we understand that the Gospel of Christ is really a synonymous term for, The Gospel of The Kingdom.
The Bible teaches that the visible kingdom of God begins with a second coming of Christ on earth. Then shall He reign as the Eternal King over all the nations and remove from human society wicked and evil men and all causes of human misery. There are over 300 references in the New Testament to this prophetic event. One of these is the promise of the Lord to His disciples just before His death. “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:2-3)
Consequently, the perplexing question of today’s Christians remains the same as that of Christians 2,000 years ago. When will the glorious and visible Kingdom of Christ become a reality in this dying world according to Christ’s promise? The answer Jesus gave them is the same one that we also must accept. “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” Matthew 24:36-37.
It is an important question with no certain answer. However, the certainty of the event is the major theme of the entire Bible. Be prepared. For all we know, it could well be 2012.