The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, Look, here it is! or, There it is! For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst. Luke 17:20-21 NASB
Many Jews in Jesus day were convinced that when the Messiah came, Israel would be freed from Roman rule, becoming a sovereign nation again, as in David’s time. This liberation would be the height of God’s blessings, they thought.
Filled with this expectation, the Pharisees asked Jesus for His perspective on the coming kingdom. However, He wanted them to realize that their understanding was faulty. God had something far better in mind.
If they viewed things from a human perspective, they would miss God’s Kingdom. Why? Because this Kingdom was in their midst (v. 21). In fact, it was within them.
This was a radical statement. Jesus was trying to teach them that God’s Kingdom was not confined to the physical world. It was a spiritual kingdom that could exist anywhere. A kingdom open to anyone. A kingdom limitless in scope, where anything was possible, any time.
Today, that Kingdom still is among us. We dwell in that Kingdom when Jesus is our King. No matter where we live, what we do, and who rules the nations of this world, we dwell in God’s Kingdom.
Ask God to help you open your mind and heart to the reality of His Kingdom. Make sure that Jesus is your King. Serve Him in everything you do. Be aware of His Kingdom throughout the day. His Kingdom is with you and within you right here, right now!
PrayerFather, open my mind to the reality of Your Kingdom. I submit my life to You. Direct my steps. Help me to serve You. In Jesus name. Amen.
Extended ReadingLuke 17