CONTEMPLATING ANOTHER KINGDOM

Jn.12:12,13 – On the next day, when the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began shouting, “Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, indeed, the King of Israel!”

The people couldn’t see it, they were too focused on an earthly kingdom with an earthly king. Like people today all they wanted was to live their best life now. Get rid of the Romans and restore the kingdom of David and everything will be just fine. Hosanna – Victory over the Romans now, we want to install our new king. The one thing almost everyone was missing was that Jesus had come to set up a different kingdom. He wasn’t in a fine chariot escorted by a band of soldiers. He wasn’t in a fine royal robe and there were no weapons to be found. He was a king alright, just not the kind of king they had been looking for. Here is how Martin Luther describes the scene.

“He did not have his own donkey. He sits on the donkey simply as he came, barefoot. According to reason this is all completely foolish! Still the disciples shout: “Hosanna!” That is, “Victory to the new kingdom!” From this it is evident that Christ did not enter Jerusalem in worldly pomp as fleshly kings are accustomed to doing, gathering treasures, etc. In Christ’s kingdom I need no gold, indeed I lack nothing for all of eternity! This the world despises most incisively, that is that we should work here, use our possessions and still contemplate that [heavenly] life. Yes, the goods of this kingdom in the end we must leave behind us. We should think like this: wherever we are, there Christ is present. And he will speak to us like this: “Come, you are blessed by my Father!” Thus, Christians alone are here [on earth] with their left hand, there [in heaven] with their right. For we are baptized into future life. God grant us the grace to accept this King with joy, Amen.”

The natural man has no time or need to contemplate the heavenly life. The problem with that: that is the reason Christ came. He came to get us ready for His coming kingdom. Most can’t even see it. Jesus said the only way anyone could see His kingdom was to be born again. Have you been born again?

One Reply to “CONTEMPLATING ANOTHER KINGDOM”

  1. Contemplation of God’s Kingdom is a seed gift. Broadcast or spread through the ages by people under the influence of the Holy Spirit. I am still in wonder how it grew in me and continues growing today. The world did get something partially right, they show off their gifts.

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