“No One Will Say” ( Luke 17: 20-21, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

The Pharisees ask Jesus when the kingdom of God is going to appear. Jesus tells them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with something observable.”

“The kingdom of God is not coming with something observable” — really?

So many people today talk about Jesus’ return, of His appearing in the clouds, of the disappearance of presumably millions of Christians in an instant flash. Sounds observable to me! Sounds like people are going to say, “‘Look here!’ or ‘there!'”

But Jesus says, “You see, the kingdom of God is among you.”

The Pharisees do not see, but think they do. Therefore, they remain blind. The disciples listen. Jesus tells them they are going to “long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but won’t see it.” (Luke 17:22) He warns them not “to follow or run after” false messiahs just because people get excited and say, “Look here!” (Luke 17:23) Rather, the kingdom of God is within them, and within us.

Jesus says, “The man in the field must not turn back.” (Luke 17:31)

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. mtsweat says:

    You bump the borders of an awesome, yet much disputed doctrine Carley. And how true! We live in a day when many are consumed by a great error that the children of Israel were guilty of during Jesus’ days on the earth. Jesus made it crystal clear… His Kingdom was not of this earth. It is the Spirit that gives life… the flesh profits nothing. Jesus reigns triumphant over His kingdom presently… we do not have to wait for a future day to experience that. But, as you say, the kingdom of God is within us… literally Immanuel! As it was proclaimed when He walked here in flesh, it is still true with the coming of His Spirit. Thank You and God Bless

    1. lambskinny says:

      You’re welcome, M.T. And thank you for your awesome comment. God bless! Carley

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