Your Kingdom Come
Acts 1:3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
Jesus spent 40 days with His disciples between His resurrection and ascension. During this brief and poignant time He taught them about His kingdom. Don't you wish we had those sessions recorded? Of course Holy Spirit was there, and as Jesus promised, He can take those truths and share them with us anytime He likes or that we ask.
So I want to encourage you to ask Him about His kingdom. Learning about this very strategic subject is clearly important. Jesus treated knowledge of the kingdom as a treasure. He spoke about His kingdom in public, in a way that obscured His teachings from casual or mocking enquirers and rewarded dilligent seekers with eternal truth.
Matthew 13:10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” 11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. . . . . .16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.
He taught us to pray for His kingdom to be manifest on earth just as it is in heaven. He commissioned us to demonstrate His kingdom's authority over the works of the devil and then to tell people about the Kingdom. He said if just two or three of us who believe in Him gather anywhere, anytime He would be with us and we would have the keys to the kingdom. We can unlock and open wide access to His kingdom or we can seal it up like the teachers of the law and the Pharisees did (Matthew 23:13).
Roman people believed that if two or three Romans gathered anywhere that their coming together constituted the Roman state. In other words, wherever they gathered together was Rome. The laws, mores and style of Rome were authorized by their presence. Believers likewise are called to gather together not merely for religious services, but for the magnificent, unsettling, life-transforming disruption of God's kingdom to be made manifest.
Jesus made His kingdom the subject of His call for people to radically change their thinking (Matthew 4:17). You have a King who wants to see His dominion expand through your life into the world around you. His rule which brings life, prosperity and peace will be ever-expanding and you and I are its ambassadors.
Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, He will rule over the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever.
Even so Lord, let Your Kingdom come on earth just as it is in heaven.