The Jews in the 1st Century were desperate to establish an earthly kingdom and get rid of the Romans. But what did Jesus tell them?
Acts 1 “6 Therefore when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, are you now restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It isn’t for you to know times or seasons which the Father has set within his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth.”
Luke 12 “31 But seek God’s Kingdom”
Satan is the one who controls man’s kingdoms.
Matthew 4 “8 Again, the devil took him to an exceedingly high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 He said to him, “I will give you all of these things, if you will fall down and worship me.”
The Jews did not listen to Jesus but followed many leaders and the wars in their nation, finally ending up in destruction in AD66-136.
Luke 21 “20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is at hand. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let those who are in the middle of her depart. Let those who are in the country not enter therein. 22 For these are days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. “
Jesus does not tell us to try to fight for earthly kingdoms of our personal reasons or ideologies.
But He tells us to preach the Gospel so that people are saved and enter God’s kingdom in heaven.
It’s because we look forward to a NEW heaven and earth where Jesus will rule.
We are not called to look at flawed political leaders but JESUS our righteousness.
2nd Peter 3 ” 13 But, according to his promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.”
Jesus will rule in the new heaven and earth when He destroys all kingdoms and satan. And we will have no death, tears, pain or sin in that new world.
We are looking for a heavenly city:
Hebrews 12 “22 But you have come to Mount Zion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable multitudes of angels, 23 to the festal gathering and assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better than that of Abel.”
Philippians 3 “20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from where we also wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,”
But until then, Jesus tells us to preach the Gospel – because it is more important than our governments or leaders. The salvation of people is more important than elections or policies.
Mark 16 “15 He said to them, “Go into all the world, and preach the Good News to the whole creation. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who disbelieves will be condemned.”
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, please do not get obsessed with the things of the world. But focus on Jesus Christ and the Gospel.
1st Corinthians 7 “29 But I say this, brothers: the time is short, that from now on, both those who have wives may be as though they had none; 30 and those who weep, as though they didn’t weep; and those who rejoice, as though they didn’t rejoice; and those who buy, as though they didn’t possess; 31 and those who use the world, as not using it to the fullest. For the mode of this world passes away. “
There will be a judgment day, so we need to preach the Gospel – this is the most important thing
Acts 10 “42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that this is he who is appointed by God as the Judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him, that through his name everyone who believes in him will receive remission of sins.”
Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world so that He offers God’s righteousness to all who believe.
Romans 3 “21 But now apart from the law, a righteousness of God has been revealed, being testified by the law and the prophets; 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all those who believe. “