Exploring the Kingdom of God

Exploring the Kingdom of God

Hello Friends,

I pray you are doing well! My family and I are praying for you! I was asked to prepare a blog post as it relates to our Easter theme of exploring the kingdom of God. I hope these reflections encourage you in the Lord.

The coronavirus has massively altered significant aspects of the world these last few weeks, including our lives in Southern California. Nevertheless, during difficult times, God wants us to remember Him! He wants us to seek Him (Psalm 34:10), to sing praises to Him (Psalm 96:1), and to meditate on Scripture (Psalm 1:2). Remember, Jesus said that we live by “every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

Knowing this, I would love to share two verses with you, to focus our eyes on Jesus:

Matthew writes,Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd(Matthew 9:35-36).

Matthew’s Gospel is his eyewitness account telling the Jewish people that Jesus was the promised Messiah! These verses say so much about Christ.

First, we see that Jesus was proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom everywhere He went. The “gospel” (τ εαγγλιον) means “good news” (concerning Christ, forgiveness, the way of salvation, and eternal life), and “of the kingdom” (τς βασιλεας) means the eternal rule of the everlasting kingdom of God. Can you imagine Jesus telling people that their sins could be forgiven, that the kingdom of heaven was in their very midst, that He was the way, the truth, and the life and no one could come to the Father but through Him? What a radical proclamation! 

Second, Jesus healed every disease and every sickness. Notice that Jesus wasn’t working on a vaccine and He wasn’t waiting on FDA approval for a life-saving medication. He simply went out and healed viruses, cancers, incurable sicknesses, infections, and the like. Praise the Lord! Do you know that He heals today?! But remember that Jesus’ ultimate focus was not on miracles, but to preach the Gospel of the kingdom (Luke 4:43), to die on the cross to take away our sins (1 John 3:5), and to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).

Third, when He saw the people distressed and dispirited without a shepherd, He had compassion on them! Why? Because He loved them!

Today, Jesus still wants the same good news to be shared! He still wants to heal! He still has compassion on the distressed, dispirited, and the lost! He loves you! He regards our helpless estate because He shed His own blood for our souls! My precious brothers and sisters, keep your eyes on Jesus! There are so many souls who don’t know about the risen Christ, the significance of the cross, and the power of the resurrection. Would you consider proclaiming the good news of the kingdom to the people around you? When the time is right, consider being an ambassador for Christ in a way you never tried before. Maybe you could start a YouTube channel during this time or post a video on Facebook sharing your faith or a song you wrote. Or simply invite a friend or family member to watch the Easter service online. May God lead you to do amazing things for His glory!

Ask the Lord to fill you even more with the Holy Spirit, then step out in faith, and see what God will do!

Amen.

John Filakouridis