Have you ever heard someone say, “Repent, the Kingdom of God is near!”?
What feelings or thoughts come to mind when you hear that?
One of the ways I’ve seen this verse was futuristic…Jesus is coming back soon, better get my life in order…oh my goodness! And, Luke 20:30 does lend itself to that thought pattern.
But, in John 1:14-15 we see a different concept. What Jesus meant when he said this was literally…the kingdom has come near...it is standing right in front of you!
How much closer can it get?
Jesus was standing there, offering people heaven on earth.
In the Old Testament, there was a system for getting near to God. People made long treks to the temple. They cleansed themselves before coming close to God. And even then, they needed a priest or a profit to tell them the things of God.
Fast forward to the New Testament. God, through his Holy Spirit, would now live on the inside of his people. Awesome news!
The Kingdom of God is near!
I’m so glad He lives on the inside of me, being my comforter, being my peace, my joy! While I love to go to church, I’m glad He doesn’t only reside in church…but in my heart…where I can access him anytime….whether I’m clean or dirty, full of sin or repented. He is there!