Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
Matthew 16 (Part 26, Conclusion)
Thy Kingdom Come
Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.
Matthew 16:28 (NKJV)*
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in The Gospel.
Mark 1:15 (NKJV)
The Kingdom of God came down to earth once, although He wasn't what men expected. Jews anticipated pomp and power, re-establishing their supremacy. Jesus had power, but where was His pomp?
Somehow, the Jews had forgotten their past: the humility of their first leaders and the crushing pride of their latter kings, who sought selfish gains and sovereignty, instead of sacrifice and submission.
But the Kingdom of God will come again: through the pleas of His devoted children in the Person of the Holy Spirit; through the body of His beloved church in grateful service and obedience; through the power of His Second Coming in an inescapable victory. And if we're counted among His elect, we'll be celebrating right by His Side.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, Matthew 16 concerns discipleship: a role you've been commissioned to take. Sadly, some Christians didn't get it. Consequently, lost lambs remained lost.
Now you're called to form a new front line. You reach insiders and outsiders. You fan the flames in the church's heart. You reignite its missionaries. You seek fans looking for The True Star. You extend your arms on His behalf...
To usher in the kingdom of God from One Willing Heart to many more.
* 'The onward march of the Church of Christ was as the coming of the Son of Man in His kingdom' (Ellicott's Commentary re: Matthew 16:28).
* 'My church, now small, feeble, and despised, greatly enlarged, established and spreading with great rapidity and extent' (Barnes' Notes on the Bible re: Matthew 16:28).
* 'The disciples saw their Master coming in His kingdom, when they were witnesses of His transfiguration, resurrection and ascension, and the miraculous gifts of his Spirit conferred upon them; and lived to see Jerusalem, with the Jewish state, destroyed, and The Gospel propagated through the greatest part of the then known world' (Benson Commentary re: Matthew 16:28).
* Link to Bible scholar commentaries on Matthew 28: http://biblehub.com/commentaries/matthew/16-28.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Matthew 16 series.