Jul 292020

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6)

These are the last words that the remaining disciples speak before the resurrected Jesus ascends into heaven and is physically gone from their lives. It’s a question that reveals the deepest desire of their hearts (the restoration of the free kingdom of Israel), but it’s also a question that reveals their deep ignorance and complete misunderstanding of what Jesus actually came to do. The point of the Jesus story was never to re-establish the kingdom of Israel but to establish the kingdom of God here on earth, a kingdom that spreads out from Jerusalem, to all Judea and Samaria, and on to the ends of the earth. And now, it is up to the disciples – it’s up to you and me – to help establish this kingdom.                      – rc

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