Sunday 17 Dec 2017
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Isaiah 55 : 1-2

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

The everlasting Kingdom of Christ

“In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.  -   Daniel 2:44  

Standing before Pilate, Jesus was asked if he was truly the kind of the Jews, he answered Pilate saying:

 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” – John 18:36.

This is where the power and the uniqueness of the scripture come alive with the revelation it holds with regards to the promised Messiah as well as the Salvation on offer from God. Also this is where the fulfilment of gospel of Christ begins to unfold to us all just as the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle begin to fit together. The kingdom which Jesus mentioned was long foretold long before his coming. Talking about the uniqueness and significance of the Kingdom that will bring an end to the kingdoms of men, the one whose origin and ruler is not of this world and whose citizens are the product of the spiritual rebirth which the ministry of the Messiah holds out to the world, we need to dig deeper into the scripture.

In responding to Pilate, Jesus staked a claim to this kingdom, so what does the scripture have to say about this?  The scripture did foretell the coming of the Messiah, the one who will restore the kingdom of God on earth, but how do we tie the prophecy of the coming Messiah to the kingdom mentioned by Daniel?  First we need to go back to the promise which God made to David;

 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom.- 2 Samuel 7:12.

While it seemed like it was Solomon being mentioned, history has since made such assumptions a misplaced one. Solomon has long died; the kingdom which he inherited from David his father and presided over was divided into two immediately after him, while the temple he built lies in ruins till date. But in the prophecy of Prophet Isaiah we see a new heir being mentioned, a ruler with messianic power and one upon whose shoulders lies the kingdom to be established by God.

 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. – Isaiah 9:6-7.

God in his mercy has delivered us from the kingdom of darkness, the kingdom presided over by men, doing so by delivering us into the eternal kingdom of his son Jesus, the one who is the heir of all things. The kingdom of this world is perishing, history convinces this much about this truth,  from the Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Greece, Roman to even the modern empires of our time, thus confirming the prophecy. The question is what are we doing to ensure that we are in and remain part of the eternal kingdom of God, the kingdom that will be standing long after all the kingdoms of men have vanished….

Home Teachings And Sermons What the Bible is saying The everlasting Kingdom of Christ
Matthew 1:20-21
“But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ?Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.?”

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