Kingdom

What was the agenda of Jesus? If you look at the gospels, you will find that Jesus was always speaking about the Kingdom of God and the life of that Kingdom – Eternal Life. 

What is the Kingdom of God? 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. 
 
Jesus taught his followers a prayer, known as The Lord’s Prayer. It includes the lines:
 
“Your Kingdom come; your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
 
 
Jesus came to build the Kingdom of God on earth. He said that the Kingdom should be our number one priority – 
 
Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well. (Matthew 6:33)
 
Jesus said that the Kingdom of God was like a seed (Mark 4:30-32). A seed, though small, can grow into something very large and fruitful. Jesus came to plant a seed.  As his influence 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.
 
Seed

 

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

Love Care Trust

 

The life of the Kingdom is rooted in a vital relationship with God.
 
…eternal life means to know you, the only true God, and to know Jesus Christ, whom you sent. (John 17:3)
 
Jesus said:
 
I have come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness. (John 10:10)
 
The life of the Kingdom that Jesus came to bring will only be fully established on earth when he comes again in glory (see Renewal).