by Pastor Josiah Cain
North Kent Bible Church
Many of you may know of a man named Jesus, but do you know of his main teaching? If you answered, ‘the kingdom of God’, you are correct! Let’s examine Jesus’ identity to more fully understand the kingdom of God. The Bible says that Jesus is “the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham” (Matt. 1:1). Although there is a lot to unpack in that one sentence, let’s analyze why Matthew specifically mentions Abraham specifically. Abraham was given a promise from God that stated, “for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever” (Gen. 13:15). If Jesus is a descendant of Abraham, then he too is an inheritor of this promise, right? This is the origin of Jesus’ main teaching: the kingdom of God.
Jesus himself said that “I was sent for this purpose”, to “preach the kingdom of God” (Luke 4:43). No surprise then that the phrase “kingdom of God” is mentioned fifty-one times in the Gospels (the first four books of the New Testament)! You might be asking at this point, ‘Wait one second, I thought Jesus came to preach the gospel?’ You are entirely correct! Throughout the first four books of the New Testament, Jesus uses the terms kingdom of God, word of God, the good news, kingdom of Heaven, the seed and the gospel, interchangeably. From Jesus’ perspective, the gospel is equivalent to the kingdom of God. Many Christians today teach that the gospel is the death and resurrection of Jesus. This is true, but we are missing one important component. The kingdom of God, the foundation of the gospel, imparts a tremendous power! To better understand the kingdom of God, let’s look at Revelation 11:15, “the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our LORD and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever”. Upon Jesus’ return, God and His son, Jesus, will rule forever.
Jesus and his followers are looking forward to the coming kingdom of God to this earth. Jesus even mentions it in the famous Lord’s prayer, “Your kingdom come” (Matt. 6:10). We should do our best to understand Jesus’ main teaching, God’s kingdom, and how it affects our daily lives. Our hope is that Jesus is going to triumphantly return to restore the earth where God “will wipe every tear from [our] eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Rev 21:4). I hope to see in God’s kingdom!