For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace – Isaiah 9:6
These were the words of Prophet Isaiah, one of the prophets in the old testament who gave a foretelling of the coming savior, who would come to deliver the people from their sins and bear it upon himself.
Isaiah’s prophecy came about roughly 700 years before the actual birth of Jesus. These sayings were re-echoed in Matthew, just before His birth.
The birth of Christ was not sparsely intended for the sole aim of taking our sins away and giving us life eternal; His coming was largely for a greater purpose. His mission was more seismic – to set up a defined kingdom on earth. The kingdom of God.
For a kingdom to be firmly established in any place, it needs an administrator. A ruler to supervise and set policies and standards in place. A kingdom is not a kingdom without a leader who makes mandates.
For thousands of years before the advent of Jesus Christ, the Kingdom of God had been without a significant flagbearer who would state and dictate the desires of God to the people. God ensured his rule upon all flesh and could only pass his message through designated prophets scattered across the old testaments.
Men like Noah heard from God and got descriptions and warnings for the people. He preached judgments against others – Genesis 7:1-4, 8:16-17, 9:1-16.
Abraham heard from God and also got specific instructions.
Moses – who lived and had the law delivered unto the people on tables of stone 4200 years before Jesus. Much of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy are detailed with the messages of God to Moses.
Joshua led the people to the promised land with the promise of success from God.
Joseph and Daniel, through dreams, gave words and interpretations of future occurrences.
Samuel began to receive messages from God when he was a child. He spent his life as God’s messenger.
David, Gideon, Nathan, Elijah, Elisha, Jonah, Amos, Ezekiel, Joel, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah, Jeremiah, Uriah, and a host of unnamed prophets were some of the men God appointed to pass his messages across.
But Jesus Christ came as the sole messenger who doubled as the son of God himself. God anointed him to establish his kingdom on earth. As stated in our anchor scripture, the kingdom of God will be on his shoulder.
The coming of Jesus happened as some form of enthronement. Christ became the commander and ruler of the kingdom of God on earth.
The kingdom of God, a kingdom of righteousness and peace, has been handed over to Jesus as the only administrator.
All flesh has been made subject unto his authority (Psalms 72:7, 11)
His throne has been established in mercy, he is seated in truth, enforcing righteousness and seeking justice.
Being a part of the kingdom Christ oversees on earth is not automatic. It is not conditioned by birth or being alive.
A man is not under the kingdom of God on earth if he has not met the condition that qualifies.
In Mark 1:14-15, Jesus speaking of the coming kingdom, in one of his efforts to get as many people as would believe into his kingdom, spoke about repentance as a means of getting ready and fit for the kingdom at hand.
There is a need for a change, a turning from sin and from unbelief to fit into the profile of one who is going to be a partaker of the kingdom of God both in this present world and in the world to come.
Christ came to spread the message of righteousness as the prophecies mentioned. Righteousness in God’s own way is the only acceptable requirement to have an entitlement in God’s kingdom.
An average person would argue the significance of living a life in pursuit of a place in the kingdom of God.
Firstly, it is worthy of note to clarify that as opposed to every Christian's instinctive, general belief, the kingdom of God in many places Jesus mentioned it in the scriptures does not first and foremost mean HEAVEN as a place.
Heaven is only the ultimate, final home of believers. For every child of God lived/or is living appropriately in a holy manner, Heaven as a home is the final gain. And it can only be attained by death or by Jesus’ second coming.
So, this agrees with the idea that Jesus was not referencing his second coming when he said “the kingdom of God is at hand” in Mark.
Because there was going to be a shift, a new kingdom was set up; Jesus, as the forerunner of this new kingdom, preached and announced to the people about it.
While on earth, every true believer should belong to His kingdom.
Colossians 1:13 says of God translating us from a kingdom full of darkness into the kingdom of his dear son Jesus Christ.
This translation is only possible when a man still has life. This kingdom is lived right here on earth before settling in the home for all saints – Heaven.
Due to many reasons, man has chosen to undermine the importance of living under the kingdom of light on the earth. They have chosen to face their lives and live the rest in the afterlife.
Matthew 6:33 has laid out that making a chase after the kingdom and the things of the kingdom of God on earth should be man’s first priority. This has not gone without an attached promise; Jesus confirmed that it is until we focus our gaze and attention on gaining the kingdom of God both here on earth and in eternity that we will have every other thing as we so desire.
God knows our needs, and he is fully aware of them. He knows we have to fight for daily survival.
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