Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, 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 the gospel.
The day in which we live is one of very rapid change. The previous century began with tremendous enthusiasm for what new breakthroughs in technology might bring. Consider the advances in transportation beginning with train travel, followed by the automobile, the airplane and today’s rockets into space! The prophet Daniel could have never foreseen what was foretold to him by the angel of the Lord that in the time of the end, “many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” (Daniel 12:4).
Consider the marvelous discoveries in the field of electricity and electronics. Edison’s light bulb paved the way for the electron tube which in turn made possible great advances in communication by radio and television. Eventually the tube was replaced by the transistor and then the microchip, which makes possible ultra portable cell phones to connect people from almost anywhere in the world.
At the same time the Twentieth Century revealed the horrifying reality of what mankind could do with technology in war. We have developed and used machines that have killed millions of our fellow human beings, and now have the capability of destroying all life on the planet.
So what time do you think it is?
Is it perhaps the time for Christ to complete what He started two thousand years ago?
Most every generation since the first generation of New Covenant Christians have prayed for and expected the Kingdom of God to come in power. Some even believed for a time that it had already come to their world.
The fact that believers have already been translated from darkness and into the kingdom of God’s dear son does not negate what He intends to do in this whole earth here in time and space, when He will ultimately put an end to the craziness that we see on the news every day!
The Christian life is a life of gratitude for what Christ has already done for us on the Cross, one of peace and contentment because of what is doing now, and one of anticipation for what He has promised to do in the future. Often we miss this point that Paul made concerning our participation in the Lord’s Supper.
1 Corinthians 11:26: “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” NASB
Notice how we presently participate in the past, while looking forward to His future coming. We do not minimize the overwhelming cosmic consequences of His coming to earth two thousand years ago. Sin and death has been conquered by His crucifixion and resurrection. The world has been conquered by His ascension to the throne on high! Jesus Christ is NOW Lord of all! All true believers live in the victory of His glorious reign! Today!
He came that we might have life and that more abundantly now! If anyone is in Christ, he or she is a new creation. Old things are passed away, all things have become new! (2 Corinthians 5:17). This and many other passages indicate that we are in danger of missing out on the full experience that salvation in Christ is all about. Amidst all the struggles and sorrows that this life can bring, we have a present relationship with a present Savior by Whom we have become more than conquerors! (Romans 8:35-37).
Part of what sustains us is also the glorious promise He has given to those who love his appearing. We should encourage one another to press forward towards all that God has provided for us in Christ, for the best is yet to come! In all the confusion from the setting of dates on the calendar for when the Lord should come, I am concerned that many are being robbed of the joy of anticipating His true, actual, and ultimate coming to His people and to this earth. No one knows the day or hour, or every specific detail of what that will entail. What we do know is that we will be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is! (1 John 3:2).
Maybe to you it is all “spiritual,” or “metaphysical.” Maybe it does not matter to you if Jesus did actually come to live as a man, in the flesh. (John 1:14, 1 Timothy 3:16, 1 John 4:2). Maybe it does not matter to you whether or not by the Word and Presence of the Lord the nations will eventually “hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.” when ” Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they learn war.” (Isaiah 2:4, Micah 4:3).
Maybe you are not expecting to see a time when “the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea . (Isaiah 11:9, Habakkuk 2:14) Maybe you are content to enter into your personal “quiet time” of meditation and learn to accept that things will always continue as they are.
For myself, I have decided to join with Paul in groaning and eager expectation for what God intends to do in and through His people – that for which all of creation waits. (Romans 8:18-25). The reign of Christ is real! His Kingdom is still coming! His will shall continue to be done in earth, as it is in heaven!
With Jesus, Paul, Peter, James Jude and others, we are praying that God’s desire will be fulfilled in more and more marriages, families, neighborhoods, cities, territories and nations! He must reign until all enemies are put under His feet, including death itself! (1 Corinthians 15:25-26).
This may sound like crazy idealism. But which is crazier? To embrace the folly, fraud, injustice, corruption, lies, conspiracy theories, and poor excuses of our generation? Or to tenaciously cling to a promise made by the only One Who is actually capable of making His promise good? You be the judge. He has never, ever, ever, failed me yet!