Luke 17: 20 Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.”
As I’ve said many times, the people of Israel longed to see a restoration of the Davidic kingdom in which Israel was the dominant military, political, and economic force in the region. That’s mostly what people were looking for. Jesus pointed out the promised kingdom of God was not of this sort.
In fact, the kingdom of God had already broken into the world in the person of Jesus and in the community of disciples following Jesus. They were not a military, political, or economic force, but were instead a community in which God’s love, grace, and mercy were present. And the day would come when all the nations of the world would be submitted under the Lordship of God.
I have to believe that Jesus’ words to his community of followers in ancient times is also true today. At our best, the Christian community reflects God’s love, grace, and mercy to the world. Let’s face it, there are many times when we fall short of this ideal, but Jesus is not done with us. And so we look forward to the day when Jesus returns in his glory to restore all creation to the Lordship of God.
Lord, let it be so. Amen.