Jesus is here!
Luke 17: 20-21 “20 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, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
At the time of Jesus most ordinary Jews and certainly the Pharisees believed that the Messiah would overturn the Roman occupancy and restore the land to God’s people. The Messiah’s kingdom would rule the land.
Maybe they are trying to trip Jesus up as they had attempted many times or maybe it was genuine, but the question comes when will this kingdom come?
So many people wake each day believing that something good is going to happen to them. The lottery of life will smile on them. They will get this and that. The doors will open. The roads will straighten and utopia will be discovered. They have such a longing of coming into a kingdom where they are the top not the bottom. “It is coming, we just don’t know when.”
Jesus answers and it disappoints. “It is already here.”
It is not coming. I am here, right now, standing in front of you.
For us now in our generation, Jesus is here by his Holy Spirit, of course. But for them, then, he was there physically.
Are we living for what is coming, for our glory and promotion?
Yes the Kingdom of God is coming, Jesus shall return, but can we say also that the Kingdom is here, right now, in our midst. Not in physical form but occupying physical bodies by His Spirit.
Wherever you are now say these words, “Jesus is here”.