Luke 17:20-21 (New Living Translation)
…the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?” Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.”
Luke 17:20-21 (Contemporary English Version)
Some Pharisees asked Jesus when God’s kingdom would come. He answered, “God’s kingdom isn’t something you can see. There is no use saying, ‘Look! Here it is’ or ‘Look! There it is.’ God’s kingdom is here with you.”
If a person in England went to bed in their home and woke up the next morning under the Eiffel Tower hearing everyone speaking French, they might wonder how they got there, but they would believe they were in France. If that person woke up by the Statue of Liberty, they would believe they were in the United States. We are can tell where we are by the observable signs and images around us.
This is the mindset of the Pharisees when they come to Jesus to ask him ‘when will the Kingdom of God come?’ What should they look for to know that the Kingdom of God has come? Perhaps a giant golden throne would drop from the sky in Bethlehem; or a mighty brand new shiny Temple would suddenly appear in Jerusalem.
The Pharisees were seeking for an amazing extraordinary observable symbol that would tell them the Kingdom of God had come. Jesus makes it clear, this will not happen. The Kingdom of God is not represented in a thing, a building, or a flag. The Kingdom of God is represented only by a person, Jesus, and he is already with them.
Jesus is King of the Kingdom of God; his feet touched the earth; his blood spilled on the earth; and he has taken it as his own. Jesus has been growing his Kingdom to cover the earth one person at a time, with patience over thousands of years; when he is satisfied with the number of followers, he will shut down all rival kingdoms.
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