“The New Testament proclaims all kinds of “good news” (gospel, evangelion). The good news that Jesus preached, and that we should preach, is that the Kingdom of God has come to earth and, through Jesus, we can all become part of it.
We have gotten so sidetracked on secondary “and peripheral issues. It seems that the message of the Kingdom has all but disappeared. There is no doubt that Jesus Christ died on the cross that we might be forgiven of our sins and find eternal life in Him. There is also no doubt that we need to tell people that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and that He is the only way to eternal life. All of this is part of the message of the Kingdom, but it is not all of the message. The cross of Christ is the beginning point of life in the Kingdom of God, not the ending point. There is no ending point, because life in the Kingdom has no end.
“Our problem is that we spend so much time telling people how to get into the Kingdom that we rarely teach them what to do once they get inside. Often we don’t know ourselves because no one has ever taught us, either. We spend so much time preaching about the door that we forget all about the palace behind it. “We need to get back on track preaching the gospel that Jesus told us to preach—the good news of the Kingdom of God come to earth. God wants us to have the Kingdom, and Jesus is the way in. Jesus Himself said, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32). Think of it! Our Father is pleased to give us the Kingdom. It is what He wants to do. It is what He has intended from the very beginning.
If we think of the Kingdom of God as a glorious palace or mansion, we have totally missed the message. We are stuck at the door. What is the purpose of a door? It provides entry into the house or into the different rooms of the house. In the same way, Jesus provides us with entry into the Father’s Kingdom. Jesus said, “I am the Way.” A door is a portal through which we pass from one place to another. Jesus is the door through which we pass from death “into life, from darkness into light, from guilt into pardon, from shame into joy, from strife into peace, and from defeat into victory. Such is the contrast between the kingdom of the world and the Kingdom of God.
vision, purpose, destiny,