27th August 2017
Not from this world
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.”John 18: 36 (NRSV)
Where is this place that Jesus speaks about? A place where his Kingdom resides?
A kingdom where people honour him and sing praises to his name?
Where is this place that Jesus speaks about? Where is this kingdom where people listen to his words and take them to heart; where his words are a call to action?
Where is this place that Jesus speaks about? It is a kingdom where people are faithful and true?
Is it the place where justice and righteousness kiss, where righteous comes from God and the people work with righteousness?
Where is this place that Jesus speaks about? It is a kingdom where people maintain a strong and profound relationship with God. Is it a place where God's Word is studied and pondered and reflected upon? Is it a place of community, where one looks out for the other and neighbour is loved as self is loved?
Where is it? This place that Jesus speaks about—he says it is a kingdom not of this world.
If it is not from or even of this world, can it still be in this world? Not of, nor from, but in?
Then this kingdom that Jesus speaks about—are we part of it?
Revd. Mark Robinson