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God’s Kingdom is God Centered Not Man Centered

““The kingdom of heaven is like a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.….. While the Pharisees were together, Jesus questioned them, “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They replied, “David’s.” He asked them, “How is it then that David, inspired by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’: The Lord declared to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet’? “If David calls him ‘Lord,’ how, then, can he be his son?”” Matthew 22:2, 41-45 CSB


Why did Jesus make the Pharisees assume they got the answer to His question wrong? They knew the prophecy that the Messiah would come from the line of David. Yet Jesus, a human descendant from the lineage of David, made them think otherwise. Jesus was trying to get the Pharisees to see His divine origin. The Pharisees were waiting for a human Messiah to establish a human kingdom on earth. Their Messiah would destroy their enemies like David had and reestablish the wealth and prominence of the Davidic kingdom. God is not interested in establishing a human kingdom on earth, but He will fully establish His kingdom upon a new earth when He returns. This was Jesus’ point. The true Messiah is a man, so He can sacrifice His life for humanity, but He is also God, so He can rise from the dead and grant eternal life to all those who are part of His kingdom. The true Messiah conquered sin and death and gives eternal life to all who are part of His eternal kingdom through repentance, faith, and obedience. While some Christians still wait for a human kingdom in Jerusalem with Jesus as its King, the Lord Jesus did not come to establish such a thing but to inaugurate and ultimately appropriate an eternal God-ruled kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

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