“Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.”
Matthew 6:10, NASB
The evening began much like the Passover celebration of years gone by, sharing of the eventful night when the death angel passed over those who applied the blood of the lamb to their doorposts. It was a night of separation between the kingdom of death and the kingdom of life. But instead of following the usual story line Jesus took his disciples down a different path—a path He would have to walk alone, so they would not have to.
Simon Peter shook his head and rubbed his whiskery face. “Lord, where are you going?”
“You can’t follow me now, Peter—but later you will.”
The other disciples didn’t get it either. Jesus switched gears and left them with a promise.
“Let not your heart be troubled:
ye believe in God, believe also in me.
- In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.
- I go to prepare a place for you.
- And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again,
- and receive you unto myself;
- that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3, KJV
Jesus must leave them for a time. Their hearts cried for understanding. What about the kingdom? How would they manage while He was gone? They didn’t want to be left alone to walk through this kingdom of darkness. Jesus gave them another promise.
“And I will pray the Father,
- and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
- Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not neither knoweth him;
- but ye know him: for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
- I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.” John 14:16-18, KJV
The kingdom would live in them through the Spirit of Christ dwelling in them until the time when Jesus would return and reign over the earth. They would not walk alone in this hostile kingdom alone. They would walk in the kingdom of light with the light of life living in them.
The same promises the Lord gave to his disciples then, He gives to us today.
He is preparing a place in his kingdom for us; He will come again to take us to be with him; Until then, He has not left us in this world alone. He has given us His Spirit of truth. And He promises He will come.
- “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised:) …
- Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
- For ye have need of patience, that after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
FOR YET A LITTLE WHILE,
AND HE THAT SHALL COME WILL COME,
AND WILL NOT TARRY.
NOW THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH:
BUT IF ANY MAN DRAW BACK,
MY SOUL SHALL HAVE NO PLEASURE IN HIM.
But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition;
but of them that believe to the saving of the soul…
For we, like Abraham of old are looking —for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God—
It is a—better country, that is , an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.” (Hebrews 10:23, 35-39;11:10, 16)
The prayer of the kingdom has come in part. We, as follower of Christ, are citizens of another country. One day we will take our place in the kingdom of Christ. Until then, we wait, we watch, and we work with Christ while it is still day, in building the kingdom that is to come. For we are— of them that believe to the saving of the soul … And—he is faithful that promised.