“I die before my time and my body shall be given back to the earth and devoured by worms. What an abysmal gulf between my deep miseries and the eternal kingdom of Christ. I marvel that whereas the ambitious dreams of myself, Alexander and of Caesar should have vanished into thin air, a Judean peasant–Jesus–should be able to stretch his hands acrosss the centuries and control the destinies of men and nations.”
Jesus taught more about the kingdom of God than any other subject. Jesus spoke to His disciples, the general public, religious leaders and even Pontius Pilate about the kingdom of God. He preached the kingdom at the beginning of His ministry, throughout His ministry and even after His resurrection. In the gospels alone, the word “kingdom” appears 125 times—more than the word “love” (58 times), the word “faith” (29 times) and more than the word, “salvation” (8 times). Preaching about the kingdom of God was more than an important issue to Jesus; it was at the core of His purpose. (Luke 4:43).
Given the ubiquity of the kingdom in Jesus’ teaching one would expect most Christians to have a clear understanding of the kingdom and how it works. Nothing could be further from the truth. Misconceptions abound. Some think the kingdom of God is coterminous with the Church, while others think the kingdom is heaven. Jesus made it clear it was neither. This website will attempt to bring some clarity to the concept of the kingdom, operating on the assumption that if Jesus spent so much time teaching the kingdom of God to ordinary people that it is possible for ordinary people to understand it. GS