The Kingdom of God

In the Gospel of Mark,  Jesus begins his ministry by announcing that “the Kingdom of God has come near.”  That passage can also be translated “the Kingdom of God has arrived.”  According to Mark,  this was Jesus’ core gospel message.  He preached about and embodied the Kingdom of God in his life.  The phrase “Kingdom of God” is not a reference to heaven, but to  what the world could be like if God was truly in charge – here and now.    I wrote a poem about this that could probably be set to music, so if there are any composers out there who would like to try, let me know.  I thought describing partially  “The Kingdom of God” in poem was particularly relevant in this election year when candidates are sharing their vision of what our country could be.  You be the judge!  I encourage you to compare and contrast Jesus’ message of the Kingdom of God with the political messages you are hearing.

The Kingdom of God
by Joseph Holub

R:  Said Jesus, “the kingdom of God is at hand,” and not in a far away never-land.
It comes through love, and compassion too, as the work of justice becomes our world-view.

  1. One day the disciples asked for a prayer, so Jesus taught them to be kingdom aware.
    “Thy kingdom come… on earth,” he prayed, shifting the focus from a realm far away.
    It comes through grace and forgiveness as much… as seventy times seven… love compounded as such.
    The kingdom of God is not a mythical place, but a reality present in our time and space.
  2. They looked for kingdom signs in the sky and cast their gaze for things up on high.
    The Pharisees asked about the kingdom’s debut. He astonished them with “the kingdom is among you.”
    Disciples on a mountain thought the kingdom had arrived, but he led them down to a world deprived;
    where he touched the lepers and gave sight to the blind, and dined with sinners – an inclusive state of mind.
  3. The kingdom is like a great banquet and feast, where the honored guests are the last and the least;
    Like the Samaritan who risked to reach out to the soul that the priest and Levite failed to console.
    The Kingdom of God is like scattered seed that grows and blooms bearing the fruit of love’s deed.
    So if you wonder if the kingdom will come, keep the way of Jesus until God’s love has won.

Text Copyright  ©2016 Joseph A. Holub

Biblical References:  Matthew 18:21-22, 22:1-14;  Mark 1:14-15, 40-45, 2:15-17, 4:1-20, 8:22-26, 9:2-8,14-29;  Luke 10:25-37, 11:1-4, 17:20-21


1 thought on “The Kingdom of God

  1. Jean Buster

    You make so much sense; I can buy your explanation. I’ve been thinking along those lines for a long time; just needed someone to put it in common language. Like the idea I’m made of stardust as well.


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