The best part about this Kingdome Come theology, philosophy, lifestyle, whatever you want to call it, is that Jesus portrayed it perfectly. The whole idea of Kingdom Come is found in Jesus. This isn’t some strange, fanatical, mystical concept that has evolved over time into what we call the charismatic church, no this is the practical side of Christianity that Jesus showed to the world. It was He who called us to spread the “Gospel of the Kingdom” (Matthew 24:14). It was He who taught us to pray “Your Kingdom Come on earth as it is in Heaven.” (Matthew 6:10). It was He who performed countless miracles (John 21:25). And it was He who said “As the Father has sent me, so am I sending you.” (John 20:21). There is so much beauty to the person of Jesus, I am constantly in awe of who He is. The passionate desire of my heart has always been to lead people into an encounter with Jesus and that is where the significance of “Kingdom Come” comes into play. When we as Spirit-filled, Jesus followers, can demonstrate Kingdom power, when authentic, it leads directly to Christ. A Kingdom is the “King’s domain”, so the Kingdom is where the King lives. We are taught that Jesus lives in us. Thus, the “Kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21). Where the Kingdom is, the King is found.
In the Church, it is taught that Jesus is the perfect model for us to follow. But we don’t believe it. If we believed it, more of us would be doing what he did. It is as simple as that. We pick and choose what parts of Jesus we want to imitate, when in reality, we are called to imitate all of his lifestyle. Our mind tells us that doing things like performing a miracle is impossible, and Jesus only was able to do it because he was God. However, that is no more impossible than it is for us to be a peaceful person, or to love others effectively, yet we strive to do those things daily. Remember without Him we can do NO-THING (John 15:5). There is an inconsistency here. We must more accurately understand who Jesus is and what he accomplished on earth, and what is now possible for us to do through Christ.
Jesus, eternally God, came to earth as man. He made himself vulnerable to the realities of earth, lowered himself to that of a servant (Hebrews 2:9), came from nothing, and submitted his life to the will of the Father (John 6:38). He was baptized, filled with the Holy Spirit, tested by the Devil, and then proceeded to begin his ministry as a Spirit empowered, Father’s voice following, Man of God (Matthew 3:13-4:17). Understanding the complexity of the Trinity’s relationship will forever be a mystery. One thing I do know however, which the Bible makes clear, is that Jesus modeled the life for all believers to follow, and we are now without excuse.
This is not meant to sound condemning, instead I hope it is life-giving, exhilarating, exciting. When I first had the revelation that I could do the things that Jesus did, I felt the gates of heavenly adventure burst open. No wonder so many Christians are bored, we’re not living the lifestyle we’re called to! We pray day and night asking God what his will is for our life, but the answer is clear in his love letters to us. His will for us is to advance His Kingdom and to reveal the Father to the world. I cannot think of a more amazing mandate to ever carry on my life! What a privilege that the Creator trusts me enough that He would pour out His Spirit on me and allow me to introduce Him to his lost children! I get to show orphans who their heavenly Daddy is! What else in this world will satisfy me?! Nothing compares to this divine assignment.
So what did he do? I love the passage where he describes his own mission statement. In Luke 4, he quotes the prophet Isaiah to describe the call on his ministry, “The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, because he anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the LORD.” We are still in the Year of the LORD’s Favor and where His favor his, liberation follows.
We can see that Jesus consistently ministered to the poor. He also literally recovered sight to the blind. There is a beautiful story in John 9. As he saw a man born blind, he made a couple statements as a precursor to his miracle. He said in verse 4, “We must work the works of Him who sent me as long as it is day”. Notice that he uses the word “we”, which includes his followers. He did not intend for this miracle to demonstrate something that only He is meant to do. He goes on to say in verse 5, “While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.” So this act of healing the blind man is a natural reaction caused by Jesus’ identity as the “Light of the world” It is interesting to note that he also refers to his disciples as the “Light of the world” in Matthew 5:14. So here in this miracle, we already see that the deed is to reveal the Father and it is something that his followers are expected to do. He then, in verses 6-7, “spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, and said to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’. So he went away and washed, and came back seeing.” Now why did Jesus spit and make mud to heal the man’s eyes? I have no idea. There are many brilliant commentaries and theories about the tactic, but one thing is made clear to me – there is no formula to Christ’s miracles. This ministry is situational and personal. There’s no special prayer, ritual, chant, etc. we are only to listen to the Father’s voice and follow the Spirit’s lead.
There are many miraculous stories that I would love to expound upon, but the point I want to make is that miracles, impossible signs and wonders, are not only a natural aspect of the Gospel of the Kingdom, but they are necessary. When Jesus preached “The Kingdom of God is near!” (Mark 1:15), he proved it by performing powerful works. These works proved the loving and caring heart of the Father. Without the kind compassion of the Father, these miracles are empty. Yet because they point to the loving character of God, they hold transformative power which leads people to salvation. It is the same reason Paul said “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power” (1 Corinthians 2:4). Let’s all continue to look to Jesus, and only Jesus, and ask His Spirit to use us in all of His capacity. We’re ready.