WAITING FOR GOD’S KINGDOM
“Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when
the Kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The
kingdom of God does not come with observation, nor will they say, ‘See here’ or
see there!’ For indeed, the Kingdom of God is within you. Then He said to the
disciples, “The days will not see it. And they will say to you, ‘Look here!’ or
‘look there!’ Do not go after them or follow them. For as the lightning that
flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so
also the Son of Man will be in His day. But after He must suffer many things
and be rejected by come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son
of Man, and you will this generation” (Lk 17:20-25).
Kingdom of God is utterly unlike the kingdom of this world (v.20). Our Lord
means that His approach and presence were not to be marked by outward signs of
dignity. Those who expected to observe anything of this kind were to be disappointed.
They would wait and watch for such a kingdom in vain, while the real kingdom
would be in the midst of them without their knowing it (v.21).
expression which our Lord here uses describes exactly the beginning of His spiritual
Kingdom. It began in a manger in Bethlehem without the knowledge of the great,
the rich and the wise. It appeared suddenly in the temple at Jerusalem and none
but Simeon and Anna recognized the King. It was received thirty years after by
none but few fishermen and publicans in Galilee. The rulers and Pharisees had
no eyes to see it. The King came to His Kingdom. But they were looking in the
wrong direction. They were waiting for signs that they had no warrant for
expecting. The Kingdom of God was actually in the midst of them! Yet they could
not see it!
coming of our Lord will be a very sudden event (v.24). Of the precise day and
hour of the event we know nothing. But whenever it might take place, one thing
at least is clear - it will come on the world suddenly without previous notice
(Mt 24:44; 1 Thess 5:2).
suddenness of Christ’s advent is a solemn thought. It ought to make us study a
continual preparedness of mind. Our heart’s desire and endeavor should always
be ready to meet our Lord (Rev 16:15). Those who denounce the doctrine of the
second coming as speculative, fanciful and unpractical would do well to
reconsider the subject. The doctrine was not so regarded in the days of the
apostles. In their eyes, patience, hope, diligence, moderation, personal
holiness, etc., were inseparably linked with the expectation of our Lord’s
meditate: The Thessalonians turned to serve the living God and to wait for His
Son from heaven (I Thess 1:9-10). You may be serving, but are you also waiting?