Jesus told the crowd that the kingdom of God is in their midst. It’s all around them. The kingdom of God is here and is now. And the children of God are are its citizens. Jesus made a way for every person to be a part of the kingdom of God here and now and forever.
20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
The kingdom of God is not something that can be observed. Under Roman rule at the time, the people of Israel were looking for release from their oppression. All this talk of Jesus coming to save and his identity as Messiah fueled questions about when he would become king. They were looking for a physical king and a physical kingdom.
There would be no walled city. No fortified centre of power with guards and armies of Jesus warriors. Jesus’ kingdom would not be observable in those ways. You can’t say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is.’
Rather, Jesus answered that the kingdom of God is in their midst. It’s all around them. The kingdom of God is here and is now. The people of God – the followers of Jesus – are its citizens. We have our king. He rules and reigns within us.
What kind of kingdom is that? How do you show your power? How can it be real if the Romans still control us?
The kingdom of God is eternal. It is now because it can exist over and above anything that happens on earth. And it will endure through and into heaven. The question is, are you part of this kingdom?
In Ephesians 2, we read of Jesus becoming our peace with God. He reconciled us and by the Holy Spirit we have access to God the Father. As a consequence of what Jesus did, we are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people. Jesus is our king, and through his death and resurrection we can be part of the kingdom of God as full citizens.
So again, are you part of the kingdom? You can be by believing upon Jesus today…