Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?” Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” -John 3:3-8 NLT
Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords. -Revelation 19:11-16 NLT
Jesus is the King of kings. His kingdom will reign forever. He was born in the tiny village of Bethlehem but he is from the greatest kingdom ever. The world has never seen a King like Jesus. His rule is mightier and more powerful than any earthly sovereign. His kingdom unfolds around us every day through people who show his love and mercy to their fellow man.
Have you ever thought about the challenges of those in leadership over their perspective countries? They have all the responsibility of a whole nation on their shoulders. They may do things we like and they may not. There is not one human leader who is perfect. In order to bring God’s kingdom to earth we need to pray for our national leaders, pray for wisdom, favor, protection, and salvation.
People did not like Jesus and sadly still don’t. His kingdom is something people do not understand until they are born of the spirit. Jesus explains this to Nicodemus, a religious leader. In order to enter to God’s kingdom, we must be born again. Simply this means giving our lives to Jesus and making him King and Ruler of our lives. This is about giving our lives completely to Jesus, acknowledging him as Lord and Savior, confessing our sins and then walking a new path following him.
Jesus doesn’t force his Kingdom upon us. He is a perfect gentleman; he invites us- giving the choice to us to believe and receive him. As one early Christian writer says, God “was determined to save us by persuasion, and not by compulsion- for there is no compulsion found with God. His mission was no pursuit or hounding of us, it was an invitation.” Everyone has to choose whether or not they will be a part of Christ’s Kingdom. When we accept that invitation, then we are called to spread God’s love to others, so they too may accept him.
Jesus’ birth is one of excitement as the King of kings came to earth to bring his Kingdom here. One day Jesus will return! As we have been waiting this Advent for Christmas day, we also wait expectantly for Christ’s return. We wait for his Kingdom to reign forever in peace, love, and harmony. Until then, no matter how violent the world is we must resist the temptation of fighting evil with evil and destructive words. We are called to overcome evil with love and good. Today, may we commit ourselves to loving others, praying for each other-including our national leaders and walk humbly with God. May we be an example of his everlasting Kingdom.
Jesus, King of kings, “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, harmony; where there is error, truth; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life (St Francis of Assisi).” May your Kingdom come, may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
For further study:
Matthew 6:9-10; Matthew 21:1-9; Matthew 25:31-43: Revelation 11:15, 15:1-4; 17:12-14