The Future Kingdom of Christ and the Present Hope of the Believer.
Read Revelation 19:11-19, 20:1-6
“And they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”
How do we fix the broken world we live in? It is easy to identify the problems, but determining solutions only add to the existing dissension. In recent years the political electorate seems more like a pendulum than a consensus. We bounce back and forth every national election, hoping to elect individuals who will find solutions, only to be disappointed. The more we seek someone who can provide answers, the more we descend into further chaos.
Furthermore, even as we face societal problems, we also face individual issues that defy any answer. There is within us an inward recognition that our lives seemed disjointed and governed by circumstances outside our control. We long for inward peace and outward security to become more fearful and anxious as circumstances beyond our control impact our lives.
In Romans 8:18-22, Paul captures the present condition of our world when he states, “For the creation was subjected to futility” and “the whole creations groans and suffers” because of the effects of sin in the world. Sin, which is ever-present in us and our world, deceives with false illusions of peace. Instead of healing, it brings destruction. Instead of joy, it brings fear. Instead of satisfaction, it brings greed and envy. Instead of unity, it brings division. Instead of righteousness, it brings lawlessness (see Romans 1:18-32). Therefore, when we seek solutions apart from God, they will always fail, both for the nation and our lives individually.
Nevertheless, we are not without hope. Our hope is not found in the present but in the future, when Christ will return and establish His kingdom and His reign over the universe. While His kingdom is presently spiritual and realized in our lives as we yield to His sovereign control, He will return and establish His physical kingdom in the future. He will not only reign in righteousness, but He will establish righteousness throughout the land. No longer will we be weighed down by the brokenness we feel because of our sin and guilt. No longer will society be divided and paralyzed by conflicting worldviews that continually strive for answers that ultimately fail.
The return of Christ and the establishment of His kingdom is our hope and our longing. For when He comes as the king, “there will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forever” (Isaiah 9:7). He will establish genuine and lasting justice for the world. However, tragically there will be those who will oppose His coming even as there are those who reject God’s reign over their lives today. In the end, they will not experience the joy and peace of his kingdom. Instead, they will face the punishment of His righteous wrath.
Instead of looking at the world around us for solutions to our struggles, both individually and as a nation, we need to look upward and place our trust and faith in the only person who can genuinely reign in righteousness. Christ and His kingdom is the only answer that will fully and permanently solve our problems today. This is why we are to pray, as prescribed in the Lord’s prayer, “Thy kingdom come.” Make this your prayer today, not only for our world but also for your personal life as well. Only when we focus upon the Kingdom of God will we find answers to address the issues that confront society and our personal lives today.