“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”
How many times have you said or heard these words? You will find them in Matthew 6:10. They are part of the prayer which Jesus taught his disciples. They are a prayer that God’s kingdom may come, and that His will may be done on earth as it is always done in heaven. We learn from these words that God’s kingdom will be here on this earth.
Thousands of years ago God chose the land of Israel to be the centre of His future kingdom. Jerusalem is the capital city of Israel and it will be the capital of the world when Jesus Christ reigns as king on this earth.Jesus himself said, “But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King” (Matthew 5:34,35).
In Luke 1 we read that the throne in Jerusalem will be given to the Lord Jesus Christ – he is the rightful king. Verses 31-33 contain the words spoken by an angel to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Speaking of Jesus before his birth, the angel said in verse 32, “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David …”
The Lord Jesus has a right to the throne of the Kingdom of God for two reasons:
• he was God’s Son
• his mother, Mary, was descended from King David.
When the Lord Jesus returns he will restore God’s kingdom to Israel and reign with righteous judgement. God’s future kingdom will be the restored Kingdom of Israel. Jesus Christ is coming back to the earth. God tells us that His purpose is with people on the earth: “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).
The bible does not teach that people go to heaven when they die, or that the Kingdom of God is in heaven. God does, of course, rule in heaven, but His purpose is to send the Lord Jesus to the earth to rule the world from Jerusalem. He will reign over Jews and people from all nations. The faithful people from all ages will be given immortal life. The good news is that the Lord Jesus will return to restore the Kingdom of God on earth.
So we pray, “Your Kingdom come”, and we also pray that when Christ Jesus returns, he may say to us:
“Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34).
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