Christ and His Kingdom
Verse 6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
The disciples have lived through Jesus’ death and then His resurrection and yet they still don’t understand what it means for Him to be the Christ. They are still wondering when He will take political power. They have been hoping this for at least three years and so Jesus’ answer probably didn’t please them.
Jesus understood that this would be hard for His disciples because they didn’t yet grasp that God’s kingdom is not the earthly kind. They still were missing that Jesus was not there to save them from the Romans. They were missing the same thing that the Pharisees had missed. God knows that sin is more important to be saved from than countries. Nations come and go but God’s desire of righteousness is firm through all of eternity.
Jesus came to break the barrier of sin and death. The enemy kingdom that God has conquered is that of evil. God knows when He has set for the final takeover but He has work for us to do in the meantime, just as He had for the disciples. This work is what Jesus had spent His time teaching about during His 3 year ministry. Repentance and obedience. Two things that are just as important today as they were in the days of the disciples.
The nation that God was working restoration on and for was not Israel as the Jewish people hoped. God is working restoration in each and every one of His people, from every time and nation. Jesus was sent to restore what had been broken – the relationship between God and His people. The question that arises is if God’s people want to be restored with Him. Are we really repenting of our sins? Are we sincere in our obedience? These things don’t come easy of our human ability. And this is why God showed His love to us in the gift of the Holy Spirit. He knew we couldn’t do it on our own and needed a helper.
Making It Personal
How would you rate your level of repentance? How would you rate your level of obedience? What is your level of effort in these two things?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to repent? What does it mean to obey? Why does Jesus want both of these?
Father, we haven’t been faithful in our repentance and obedience. We are so sorry for not loving You the way that You deserve. Help us know better how to live as You desire us to live. In Jesus’ name, amen.