Fakes news has infiltrated the world today. Some news is slightly skewed, just enough to be deceptive. Some news, though, has no truth in it. As a result many people in our nation and the world are totally deceived. If you want to know the truth, you have to seek it out for yourself. So it is with God’s news, the Gospel.
A few weeks ago while just casually reading the Scriptures, Luke 9:1-2 came right up off the page. It was one of those moments when you say to yourself, “where have I been all these years?” More likely it was God saying, “where have you been?” Maybe I had been under the influence of “fake news” or at the very least “skewed news”.
Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over
all demons and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to
heal the sick.
As if my mind had been hit with “en-lightening”, I blurted out, “What did they preach?”
- Was it Christ crucified? No, Christ had just sent them out.
- Was it Jesus died for your sins? No, Jesus was very alive and well.
- Was it Jesus paid the ransom for you? No, what would that have meant?
- Was it you need to accept Jesus into your heart? No, how could that be? He was here.
- Was it God gave His only Son as a sacrifice? Really? He was walking around in flesh and blood.
- Was it Jesus loves you? Which one? There were many Jesus-es.
At that time, that Gospel would have had no point of reference. Had the first evangelists preached that kind of “good” news, it would have been labeled fake news.
Jesus instructed His disciples to preach exactly the same thing He preached. In Matthew 4:23, “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.”
This is the very scripture that opened my mind to the Kingdom vs. the Church many years ago. At that time it seemed the Lord was saying, “My Kingdom is not in the church, but My Church is The Kingdom.”
So what did the disciples preach? They would have preached the mysteries of the Kingdom that Jesus had taught them through parables in Matthew 13 and an experiential Kingdom lifestyle and principles as He preached and demonstrated in the Gospels.
Probably the first thing they preached was that His Kingdom was available to them—a kingdom of multiplication, abundance, healing and life (as Jesus had taught and demonstrated many times), not one of lack, sickness and destruction that they were experiencing. Most importantly, sickness and disease has no place in this Kingdom. It was a foregone conclusion that if they preached the gospel of the Kingdom, they would see all sickness and disease healed. Healing apparently is the norm in Kingdom life. Could that be why He referred to healing as the children’s bread?
Secondly, the Kingdom of God is commandment driven, not commission driven. They preached that in God’s Kingdom all commandments were wrapped into two, no longer ten. Luke 10:27 Jesus said, “ You shall love the Lord your God with all your hearts, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” The bottom line – the Kingdom of God is a grace-filled lifestyle flowing from the Throne of love – no longer of the law, no longer striving and struggling to achieve victory.
Thirdly, the people of the day understood kingdom. They understood that if there is a kingdom, you must have a KING. There is and always will be only one King in the Kingdom of God, Jesus, the Christ.
Truth is clear and simple. Fake “good” news is convoluted and deceptive. Much of the Church has been led to believe you must constantly pray and seek to attain the things that are already included in the Kingdom. Because of the “skewed” gospel we have been taught to believe and preach, most people just get in the door of the Kingdom like Nicodemus, but fail to enjoy all that is included in Kingdom life.
The King has always been the doorway into the Kingdom, but because the emphasis of the institutional church has been to get people in the church door and then shut the door behind them, few have understood that they have been translated out of the kingdom of darkness and into the Kingdom of the love of Jesus—The King. The whole basis of Jesus’ preaching was to reveal that His is a whole new kingdom, one just like Heaven.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
So what would a Kingdom marriage, Kingdom family, Kingdom home really look like if couples lived in the fulness of Kingdom life?