One Kingdom, One King, by Anthony Braithwaite
One Kingdom, One King
The world we live in today is plagued with problems for which there seem to be no solution. The enormity of these problems make our world very unhappy and insecure. We need one King and one Kingdom to take us out of this dilemma.
Interestingly enough, in spite of the efforts from world governments and institutions, we have failed to break this yoke of unhappiness. Human beings won’t admit: we simply cannot create our own Garden of Eden. Instead, we continue like generations before us, to put our brightest minds to work at the impossible task of bringing world peace and happiness.
Our attempts at solutions have never worked historically and simply never will. Where does that leave us? How do we bridge the gap, between what we desire and what we see around us? From where, and to whom do we look for the kind of leadership that will effectively bring peace and happiness?
We need to put an end to injustice and greed, the exploitation of the powerless by the powerful, the suffering of the weak inflicted upon them by those who are strong-all in combination with ending famine, disease, murder, and broken homes that contribute so much to the downfall of this society. Not to mention the additional problems of immorality, lack of fear of God, and the destruction of the environment.
What human government can bring solutions to these seemingly overwhelming problems? Instead of getting better, conditions continue to get worse. The world cannot continue much longer on its present course-it will simply destroy itself. The Almighty God who created the Earth will one day intervene to save mankind from himself and bring every desired good. That’s exactly what He had in mind when He gave us Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son.
When Jesus was born, the angels sang, Peace on Earth and goodwill toward men (Luke 12:14). However, His birth means far more than the exchanging of gifts, the consumption of food, with partying and having a good time as the traditional Christmas season illustrates. He came as the only one capable of dealing with the problem of sin-which is the source of our overwhelming geopolitical and social troubles.
The truth is that Jesus is coming again to bring the rule of God to this Earth. Remember a section of the model prayer:
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
We can prepare ourselves for that because it will be a reality soon. When asked whether He was a king or not, Jesus replied,
To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world…” (John 18:37)
But what kind of King will he be and what kind of Kingdom will He be ruling over? What about His subjects? Will they be victims of the kind of dictatorships with which the world is so familiar? Or will the desire for happiness placed within the human heart by God at long last be fulfilled? (Isaiah 40:10-11). Unquestionably, God’s word answers this for us!
Luke 4:18 gives a brief look at the credential and mandate of Jesus. He will bring to an end all the evils besetting the human race. The peace and happiness we seek will be brought to us with the establishment of God’s Kingdom. A literal kingdom will be established on the Earth (Zechariah 14:9). No nation or territory will escape the rule of Jesus Christ; and no politician will be able to sabotage or discredit the Kingdom. Furthermore, no dictator will succeed in mounting a rebellion against it because it will be governed by the power that created the universe. Jesus Christ will subdue all the kingdoms of this Earth, enforcing God’s law over all the people of the world. They will learn to respect the purpose for which God created them and the value of honouring and praising Him.
All that has been outlined so far is for the future, a glorious future of peace and harmony. You can become a part of that future because God is offering you and I citizenship in His Kingdom (John 1:12). Being a child of God denotes loyalty and submission to His commands (Matthew 7:21; Luke 6:46). Jesus wants to be Lord of our lives (Malachi 1:6). God expresses His feelings about the lack of reverence now being displayed by human beings; however, we are all invited to humble ourselves at the feet of Jesus. There are great blessing to be enjoyed. We are being offered positions in God’s kingdom (Daniel 7:27). God will give us heavenly protection (Psalms 91:1) and prosperity according to His will, preserving us as His beloved children and providing us eternal life in His everlasting Kingdom.
These are only some of the benefits available to those who put their trust in Him. Whenever you are faced with the daily challenges of life brought on by the sins of this world, remember: the day is coming when one King, one Kingdom, will put an end to all the miseries of life once and for all. Christ, the Anointed will usher in an era in which the Earth will be filled with the knowledge of God as the waters cover the sea (Isaiah 11:9). This is what the world needs now, and the King, Jesus the Christ, is coming to do just that!