What was the agenda of Jesus? If you look at the gospels, you will find that Jesus was always speaking about one main thing – the Kingdom of God.
A prayer that Jesus taught his followers, known as The Lord’s Prayer, helps us understand what the Kingdom of God is. It includes the lines: “Your Kingdom come; your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” This shows us that the Kingdom of God is quite simply the will of God being done on earth as it is in heaven. The Kingdom of God is life governed by God’s justice, peace and love.
What does the Kingdom of God look like in practice? Here are 3 things Jesus spoke about a lot:
(1) Jesus told his followers to love their enemies.
(2) Jesus told his followers to care for the poor
(3) Jesus told his followers to trust in God not in wealth
Jesus believed that God was acting through him to build the Kingdom, and overcome evil with the light of his love.
On one occasion, Jesus said that the Kingdom of God was like a seed. A seed, though small, can grow into something very large and fruitful. Jesus came to plant a seed. As his message has spread from Israel to the whole world over the centuries, lives have been transformed and whole nations changed. This is the Kingdom of God at work.