The King is Coming | by Chassidy Rogers

“Repent,” said Jesus in Matthew 4:17, “for the kingdom of God is at hand.” 

One of the most comprehensive themes throughout the Bible is that of a Kingdom. Jesus wasn’t the first to talk about the Kingdom of God. We see it all throughout the Scriptures, even beginning in the very first chapters of Genesis, where we are introduced to our Creator King.

Pastor and writer Jeremy Treat says:

God is king, and he reigns over his creation. But in a world marred by sin, God’s kingship is resisted, and the peace of his kingdom has been shattered. After Adam and Eve’s rebellion, God’s reign is revealed as redemptive. He’s the king who is reclaiming his creation. 

As we read Psalms 68-72, we learn more of this redemptive kingdom of God. 

In his kingdom, the wicked perish as his enemies are scattered. 
In his kingdom, the righteous rejoice and are glad.
This king is a Father to the fatherless. Protector of widows.
This king provides a home to those with none. He sets the prisoner free.

In his kingdom, the needy are provided for.
In his kingdom, the displaced and exiled are brought back home.
This king provides salvation for his people. He IS salvation for his people.
This king abounds in steadfast love and faithfulness. He is a refuge and fortress to save.

And yet…are all of God’s enemies scattered? Do all the displaced have a home? The Kingdom of God, like many other aspects of our faith, is an “already, not yet” Kingdom. There are partial fulfillments of these aspects of the kingdom right now, shadows of what’s to come. A family adopting a child and making it an orphan no more. The church gathering around a widow to take care of her daily needs. Ministries providing homes and jobs for the homeless and destitute. Glimpses into the fullness of the Kingdom. Shadows of what’s to come.

But there will come a day when, once and for all, the wicked will perish. There will come a day when, once and for all, the homeless will have a home. There will come a day when, once and for all, the orphan will truly have a “forever family.” 

In the opening pages of the New Testament we find out more about this Kingdom. “Repent,” said Jesus, “for the kingdom of God is at hand.” The people listening to this message from Jesus would have been eagerly awaiting this Kingdom. But they would be surprised at how the king would arrive, and what exactly the kingdom would look like. Jesus was not the Rome-conquering King that they’d hoped for, and yet the kingdom he ushered in was more glorious than one any mortal mind could have invented.

It's no mistake then that interspersed within Psalms 68-72 are prophecies about Jesus, the Messiah. The one who would be hated without cause, attacked with lies, bear reproach, be given sour wine to drink, be struck down.

Jesus, the king of kings who, we’re told in First Peter chapter 2, “himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.” 

Colossians 1 tells us that God has delivered us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved son, this King Jesus, in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins.

As we read about the good and right Kingdom of God, and yet see with our eyes the broken kingdoms of this world, let us fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. When our earthly authorities make good and honorable and just decisions, let’s praise God that the king’s heart is a stream of water in his hand…God turning it where he wills. While praying for and submitting to our earthly authorities and those in high positions, let’s remember the Kingdom where our true citizenship rests. 

Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it, we await a Savior. The Lord Jesus Christ. He has come before, and he’s coming again.

Oh, the King is coming. The king is coming. Praise God. He’s coming for us.

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