The Already Here Kingdom Pt. 1 – Greg Albrecht
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, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”—Luke 17:20-21
Larry’s boyhood dream was to fly. He joined the Air Force, but never became a pilot, so when he became a civilian, he settled down near the Los Angeles International Airport, so he could sit in this backyard watching jets take off and land. One day Larry had an idea. He decided that it was time for him to stop being a spectator, and become a participant. Larry decided that it was time for him to fly.
Jesus talks about the kingdom of God as a reality. Jesus talks about the kingdom as something we not only watch and hope for, but a reality in which we participate and are involved. The dimensions of the kingdom of God are eternal—past, present and future. The kingdom of God has a past, it is a present reality and it will have a glorious future reality.
The kingdom of God is in our midst. The kingdom of God is in session right now. Are you and I in attendance? The kingdom of God is happening—are we just watching it as spectators, or as we involved as participants? Are we watching the kingdom fly by like Lawn-chair Larry watched those jet planes fly over his backyard?
Do you and I have the courage to accept Jesus’ invitation to start living in his kingdom RIGHT NOW?