From the Archives! Luke Sermon Manuscripts: Luke 11:3 part 2

I like reading sermon manuscripts! So, I thought it might be helpful for some if I shared some various manuscripts of messages I have preached from time to time. Now, I am not going to do the work of editing them, so please be patient with the presentation, as I type them a certain way to make it easier for me as I preach. It may be a bit annoying for you, but it would take way too long for me to edit! You can listen to the audio here . This particular message is about the third requirement of prayer.

All right.

Well.

It is good to be together.

And I am especially about the opportunity we have to study God’s Word, once again, and think long and hard about what it teaches us about prayer. 

Specifically.

We are in Luke chapter 11.

And walking our way through.

 This chapter.

Phrase by phrase.

And.

One of the reasons we’ve been working our way through what Jesus has to say here about prayer so.

Slowly.

Is.


Just.

Because of the importance of the whole subject.

To you spiritually.

 In terms of your relationship with God.

There’s hardly anything more important than learning how to.

One, listen to Him in His Word.

And two, speak to Him in prayer.

In fact.

It’s a lot like breathing.

Prayer.

If you are not breathing, you are not alive.

And if you are not praying, you are not alive spiritually, and obviously, breathing is not just important, at the beginning of your life, it’s also kind of important, to the rest of your life, as well.

And, so, obviously is prayer. 

The way you pray will have a major impact on your spiritual growth and spiritual effectiveness and so, we’re considering prayer, because prayer is important to you spiritually, and.

Honestly.

Also.

Because it is important.

In terms of.

What’s God doing in this world.

Right now.

As well.

Prayer matters.

It does something.

And.

I can’t say it better than James. 

Obviously.

In the Bible, James says.

“The prayer of a righteous man is effective and accomplishes much.”

And so.

When it comes to.

How God gets things done.

One of the primary tools He uses to accomplish His purpose.

Is believing prayer.

And so.

We are looking at prayer, because it is an important subject, to us individually and to our whole work as a church, and we are spending all this time, here in Luke 11, specifically.

Because of the one who is doing the teaching.

On prayer.

I mean.

This is Jesus.

Teaching.

On prayer.

Which is just an incredible opportunity, and privilege, for, us to have God come into this world, become man, and teach us how to pray, and, then of course, on top of that, to have the gospel writers record it, and the Holy Spirit help us understand it.

It’s obviously a big deal.

God’s gone to great lengths to help us know how to pray, and one of the reasons we have to pay such careful attention to what He is saying about prayer, is because of the fact that, prayer is something we very easily get wrong.

In spite of how important it is.

We get prayer wrong.

And. 

It is clearly.

Possible to get prayer wrong, because as we look out there in this world, there are all kinds of people who are praying, and.

It’s not doing them any good.

And.  

It’s not pleasing God.

Either.

I mean.

You have Muslims praying.

And Hindus.

As well.

And all kinds of others too.

And.

Their prayers, aren’t God-honoring prayers.

At all.

And it’s not just totally false religions either.

Who are getting prayer wrong.

There are people who should know better, because they have the Bible and they have good training, and yet they are not.

Praying.

The way God wants.

I think of the Jews.

As an example.

In Isaiah 1:15.

In the Old Testament.

And these Jews had almost every spiritual privilege, and yet.

God comes to them in Isaiah 1:15.

And says.

“When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen.”

And.

You know.

If God tells you not to pray, then clearly, you have a problem, and it shows you.

It’s possible to get prayer wrong. 

Even for people, who should know better.

 And that’s part of what I find so helpful about the Lord’s prayer. 

Actually.

And it’s one reason why we are taking so long working our way through it, because even though it is short.

I mean.

It’s only a couple of verses. 

Each of those verses, each phrase in those verses, is so important. In fact, it’s almost like it expands as you read it and it blows up a lot of the wrong ideas.

People have about prayer. 

Like one.

To start.

One wrong way people approach prayer is they focus mostly on the externals.

And you know this.

Where they pray.

What they are wearing when they pray.

How long they pray.

 And.

As you look at the Lord’s prayer,, you notice, Jesus doesn’t talk about any of that.

In fact. 

The only time Jesus talks about where you are standing as you are praying has to do with its connection to your heart.

And.

That was always the issue for Jesus. 

Because.

True prayer comes from a gospel transformed heart. 

Second.

People sometimes get prayer wrong.

Because.

They approach it like a work they are doing, in order to earn, God’s favor, or blessing.

And.

That’s a huge mistake.

As well.

It ruins everything, because as we look at the Lord’s prayer, we see, clearly, that true prayer is not a work you do to earn God’s favor, but instead, something you enjoy, because you already have it.  

Prayer is grace.

It’s grace.

It’s.

Not works.

And yet.

It seems like so many people approach prayer as if God were up in heaven looking down on them with a bad attitude.

Really.

And.

Kind of grumpy.

And it’s like.

They think.

That.

They’ve got to pray, because somehow it’s through their efforts in prayer, that they can change the negative attitude God has towards them.

If I just give God this.

Ten days in prayer.

Forty days.

Fasting.

Whatever.

Then God has to do something for me, even if He really doesn’t want to.

And that’s a problem.

Because.

As Christians.

We know.

It’s.

Actually the opposite for us.

And.

That’s why the first thing Jesus tells us is we are to do, is call God Father, because that’s a reminder of our relationship with Him.

It’s family, it’s a loving father, son relationship, because through Christ, we’ve been adopted. 

And.

So.

Now.

We approach God, not like He hates us, or that we have to perform or give him something, to get him to love us.

But instead.

We approach Him with confidence.

Because. 

He already does.

Care about us.

More than we know.

Now.

Third.

And.

 A third difference.

We see between the way Jesus teaches us to pray and the way a lot of.

People pray.

Actually.

Is that.

The Lord’s prayer shows us.

Prayer, is not something we do, because of some need in God, but instead, something we do, because, of a need in us. 

And.

If you look at how some people think about prayer.

Again.

It is obvious.

They’re thinking of God as far away and that.

Somehow.

They have to get God, through shouting or using the right words, or just the very act of praying, to pay attention to them.

It’s like He’s up in heaven sleeping.

Really tired.

You know.

Running the world is hard.

And then he’s like, whooah, I think I hear something. 

Because there is someone down on earth shouting. 

Which.

I know.

Sounds kind of silly. 

Except if you look at how pray, it sometimes seems like they, really, are.

Kind of thinking this.

I mean.

That’s why they are shouting.

And.

That’s why they are praying in certain places.

And in weird ways.

As well.

It’s like they.

Think, God’s hard of hearing or something.

When.

The reality is.

God’s not far.

Away.

At all.

When we are praying.

He’s actually close, to us, He’s here, and He knows what we need, before we even ask Him.

Jesus says that.

Which means.

Of course, that God must have designed prayer, for a different reason.

Than just getting His attention. 

When He came up with prayer.

God wasn’t like, oh you know, I am probably not going to be able to see everything that is happening, down there, so I better give them, a way to get in touch with me, when they are trouble.   

 That’s.

Not.

The.

Reason for prayer.

Prayer.

Is not so much for God.

 As it is for us.

He created prayer.

For our good.

Because.

He wants to do things.

In us as we pray.

That’s one of the purposes of prayer, God through believing, biblical prayer, does certain really important things in us.

That we need.

Like one.

 Reason God has you pray is because.

He wants to give you the assurance and confidence that He loves you and that He’s at work in your lives.

That’s part of why He designed.

Prayer. 

And, that’s part of why, as believers, it’s so important, we call Him Father.

Because.

It’s how we remember.

This amazing relationship.

Every time we go to prayer, it’s a reminder, of how close we are to God and how close God is to us.

And.

Two.

God uses.

Prayer.

Not only to assure of His love.

But also.

To reorient our view.

Towards Him.

Prayer reorients our view towards God.

Living life.

Sometimes.

Is a little like.

Being in the middle of a nightmare.

Really.

And.

You have had nightmares, I am sure.

And when you are lying there on your bed, having a nightmare, everything seems so real, and you’re so frightened.

Until.

You wake up.

And, when you wake up, you are so glad you did.

It’s  like, oh, man, shooh, this is what’s real. 

That wasn’t real. I was just dreaming. This is what’s real.

And.

I am saying.

Basically, prayer is, one way God wakes up, spiritually.

Because.

We are going through life. 

And. 

Everything seems so frightening.

And.

People seem so big.

And our circumstances seem so urgent.

And.

We are so worried about.

Everything.

And.

Then we go to God in prayer.

And in prayer. 

God is helping us get things back into perspective.

And that means.

With Him.

At the center. 

And.

That’s.

Why we say.

Hallowed be thy name.

Actually.

Because.

We are remembering, this is who we are praying to, this is what He is like, and this is what is really important.

 Three.

God uses prayer, to assure of His love, to reorient our view towards Him, and.

Third.

To bring our desires back into line with His plan. 

And let me say that one again.

Because this is really where we are headed today, and because, you know so often, for a lot of people, the reason they are praying, is actually the opposite.

Where God designed prayer as a way to bring our desires back into line with His plan, they are praying, because they are trying, to bring God’s plan into line with their desires. 

In other words.

They have something they want.

And they are hoping through prayer they can get God to conform to their will.

When.

The purpose of prayer, in many ways, is actually, the opposite.

 I mean.

God has something He wants to happen.

Something He has planned.

And.

Yet.

Most of the time.

The problem is.

What God wants to happen, doesn’t really matter that much, to us. At all.  I mean, we give it lip service, we say it matters, but it’s not what makes our hearts beat fast, and one of the ways God uses prayer, is to get our wants, working, right again.

Where we want.

What He wants.

And I get that.

I am building that off.

The fact that Jesus teaches us to pray.

Here.

In Luke 11:2. 

“Your kingdom come.”

And obviously, we are need to talk about what that means, your kingdom come, but as I start out, I should say.

It’s a request.

We are making of God.

Obviously.

And.

Again.

This is not just words.

This is something Jesus is telling us we should want, and what we should want.

Is the kingdom.

To come.

It’s a request.

And it’s statement.

Of hope.

Really.

Because it’s a future reality.

This kingdom.

It’s not here.

We want it to come.

And so.

It’s kind of like as I am reading about this kingdom in the Bible, what is supposed to happen, is I start going to God in prayer, saying, God,  that’s what I am putting my hopes in.

And I guess, that’s the word I would use for this. 

Actually.

Because.

You remember.

I’ve been trying to give you some guidelines, to help.

As you go to God.

And specifically.

Some key words.

To help you pray.

Like, the first word, was BELIEVE.

When you pray.

First.

You have to make sure you are believing the gospel.

And, that, was in that word Father.

And then.

Last week.

Was.

The word.

REMEMBER.

Before you pray.

Remember you are speaking to God.

And that’s hallowed be thy name.

And, a third word, for today, would be HOPE.

Believe, remember, hope. 

And, that’s your kingdom come.

And actually, another word I was tempted to use.

For this.

Was the word adjust.

Because what’s happening here.

Is that we all already have all these hopes as we come to God in prayer. 

Obviously.

That’s why we are praying.

I mean.

We are always wanting and hoping.

And.

Thinking this.

Would be awesome.

If it happened.

And.

So.

We are praying.

Because we have these things.

We think.

If only.

This would happen.

 Then my life.

Will be perfect. 

And.

And that’s normal.

And we all understand that.

And that’s part of what is going on in prayer. 

The only problem is.

That so often the main thing we should be wanting.

And the main thing we should be hoping.

For.

Is.

Actually missing.

That’s what I am saying.

It’s not anywhere in our prayers.

In.

Prayer. 

We are hoping.

But we are not hoping.

In the main thing.

It’s kind of like with my children.

As father.

As an example.

Obviously, I have hopes for my children.

Like.

I hope they would be healthy or I hope they would have good jobs.

When they grow up.

And there is no problem with those hopes, as long I realize, there are some things that are even more important.

And more fundamental.

For them.

That I should be wanting.

And hoping.

For.

Like.

That they would know God and honor God.

And.

If for some reason, I started feeling or acting like them.

Being healthy or having good jobs was more important than them.

Knowing God.

Something is going wrong.

And I would need to adjust what I am putting my hopes in.

And prayer.

I am saying.

Is kind of how we can do that spiritually.

Because.

As we open our Bibles, there’s this one main thing we should be hoping in, and in prayer, it’s like, we are seeking to adjust our hopes.

Back.

To that.

It’s like.

In prayer.

You need to take your hope.

Your expectations for the future, what you want.

And fix your hope.

On your hope.

In other words.

In prayer, it’s like you are saying, this is my hope.

God’s plan.

What God’s doing.

And I am actually going to hope in.

My hope.

And.

You know.

I say that.

Because, I think that’s what Jesus means.

When he teaches us to pray.

Your kingdom come. 

This is a request, obviously.

In other words, we are not saying, your kingdom is coming, we are saying, we want your kingdom to come.

But you know.

The thing is, we are saying we want your kingdom to come.

Because.

As we look.

At our Bibles.

God’s very clear.

That.

The Kingdom is coming.

You hear what I am saying?

This is what God’s plan is.

This is what I want.

Most.

And.

That’s what I mean, by hoping in your hope, and in a lot of ways, that’s what , I think, this prayer request is.

Teaching us.

It’s.

Reminding us.

As we pray.

Of the importance.

Of.

Not just talking about what we want, with God, in prayer, but actually seeking to bring our desires.

Back.

In line.

With.

His.

His great plan.

And.

Obviously.

Jesus is saying.

Here.

And all throughout the gospels.

Really.

That.

His great plan. 

Has to do with this coming, kingdom.

Which is why.

It is kind of important we understand what he means.

Exactly.

If this request.

Your kingdom come.

Is going to have any meaning.

You have to know what you are talking about.

When you talk about the kingdom.

Which is a problem.

Sometimes.

Honestly.

For a lot of people.

And this is where we need to get into more of the specific explanation.

Because.

In prayer, we are supposed to be placing our hope in God’s future plan, but sometimes people have a hard time hoping.

In that.

Because.

They are confused. 

About what the kingdom, even is.

Which is why we are going to take a little bit of time.

To think about this.

And.

We can start by saying.

I think.

That.

It’s something that’s not happening right now, exactly, obviously, otherwise we wouldn’t be praying for it to come. 

And.

That’s obvious, even in the way this is phrased.

But.

Even the word.

Come.

Makes that more clear.

Because.

It.

Has a, like a burst on the scene, suddenly, kind of meaning.

It’s not just a gradual coming.

It’s.

Not here.

Then here.

That’s what it means to come.

It’s something.

All the sudden.

We are looking at our Bibles and we see the prophets telling us about the kingdom, and then we are looking around and we are not seeing that kingdom, and so we are praying, God, make it happen.

We want to see this kingdom.

In front of us.

And.

Actually, maybe, the simplest way to understand, what we are asking for.

When we say your kingdom come.

Is to.

Look at the way Jesus puts it over in Matthew 6, verse 10. 

Where.

He’s teaching his disciples to pray as well, only, there.

After he says.

“Your kingdom come.”

He adds.

“Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

And.

That’s explanatory.

And it’s that second phrase, of course, that’s important, for understanding. 

The first.

What does your kingdom come mean?

It means God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven.

In other words.

God has will.

That’s what He wants.

And.

Jesus specifically is talking here. 

About His moral will. 

What’s right.

What He loves.

And God’s actually got a place where He dwells now.

As well.

He’s got a will, and He’s got a place He dwells.

In a special and unique way.

Which we call heaven, and one of the beautiful things about heaven, is that everything in heaven, is, happening exactly the way, it should. 

I mean.

His moral will.

Is completely obeyed.

And.

Absolutely.

Everybody in heaven, knows that God is king.

There’s no question.

And everybody in heaven, does exactly what the king wants, and so, when you pray your kingdom come, what you are praying essentially.

Is that you would see.

What happens up there.

Where everybody knows God is king.

And everything God wants is done exactly.

Happen down here.

As well. 

Which is fundamentally.

I am saying.

What we should want, and what we should be hoping for. 

Most.

As Christians. 

We are future focused people.

If you meet a Christian, who is not excited about and confident about the future, you are a meeting a Christian, where is something is going seriously wrong.

The problem is.

Though.

For a lot of us.

Our hopes.

For the future are too little.

And this is what I want you to hear.  

One of the biggest problems we have in life and even in our prayers is not that we are hoping too much, it’s that we are hoping too little.

And what I mean is.

What’s urgent for you.

You want a good job.

Or to get healthy or something.

And that’s fine.

But.

Jesus here.

Is telling you that, fundamentally, you should be hoping for something much bigger than any of that.

What.

We should be longing for, more than anything else, is this awesome future moment, when it’s like the sky rips open, and we see, heaven coming down.

To earth.

 I mean.

That’s your kingdom come.

Heaven on earth.

You are praying.

That.

What’s happening up there, would happen down here.

 Which means.

Specifically.

What?

It means.

That.

The effects of the curse, would be, reversed.

And.

That sin, would, be destroyed.

And.

That everybody would know God is king.

And.

That.

Everyone.

Would see the beauty of Jesus.

And that.

Sinners would be judged.

And that God’s enemies would be punished.

And that everyone.

Left.

On the planet.

 Would always do.

Exactly what God wants.

All the time.

And you know one of the reasons, you should be hoping that, and praying that, is not just because, it sounds like a nice idea.

Wouldn’t this be great, you know?

But instead, because that’s actually the plan, the Bible tells us, God has in mind, for the future of the universe. 

It’s this perfect.

Kingdom.

Come.

And I think, this is really, really something, so sweet. 

And so easy for us to miss.

Because.

We often have this totally wrong idea, of what the future has in store for us, as Christians.

In that.

We think of our eternal future, in such spiritual terms, that we don’t understand exactly how physical, it’s going to be as well.

We don’t get the plan.

And so.

It’s like.

We think of eternity as floating around on a cloud or something. 

And playing harps.

And so obviously when we go to prayer, we are not very excited about it.

Yeah heaven.

But what’s really good is earth.

Which is part of what.

I.

Love about this word.

Kingdom.

Really.

Because.

A kingdom.

Is a pretty physical thing, isn’t it?

It tweaks.

The way we think about the future.

It grounds it.

In reality.

I mean. 

Just think about a kingdom.

And.

That’s the word Jesus is using to describe God’s future plan and.

A.

Kingdom.

Always, involves a couple of things.

At least.

First.

It involves a king.

It’s hard to have a kingdom without a king.

Someone who is ruling and able to rule.

And that’s the heart of this word, kingdom. 

It has to do with God’s reign.

And.

Yet.

A kingdom.

Is more than just ruling.

It also requires a people.

Who will be ruled.

And it needs a place, as well.

A place, where the king, can exercise His rule, over His people. 

And.

So, obviously, while in one sense.

I suppose.

You could say there is a kingdom of God, that’s going on right now, because God is a king, and we are His people, and He is ruling over the universe.

That’s true.

But.

That’s obviously not, the kingdom Jesus is speaking about here.

Because we are praying.

This kingdom.

Will come.

Which.

Means.

This kingdom, Jesus is talking about, is some future kingdom, and as we saw, it’s a future kingdom, where, we’ll see, what is happening in heaven, happen here on earth.

And you know.

The Bible gets pretty specific about all this. 

That’s the thing.

In fact.

You might say.

The whole story of the Bible.

Is.

A story.

About.

How God makes that kingdom happen.

And.

I am so tempted.

To kind of preach the whole Bible right now.

But.

I thought.

Instead.

Maybe, it would be helpful. 

 If.

I could, at least, give you a very basic overview.

Of what Jesus is describing.

To help you pray.

By quickly running through a couple of passages that kind of sketch out.

God’s big picture plan.

And.

We can start.

At the beginning.

I am talking Genesis 1.

Which.

Of course, describes.

Creation.

And.

You know.

I am sure.

How. 

At the highpoint.

 God creates man.

And, when God creates man.

 He says.

Something very important.

Genesis 1:26.

“And God said, 

‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. 

And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

One of the ways that man is distinct from everything else is that he is made in God’s image, and that’s important, but what does it mean exactly?

The next few words.

Give us an important hint.

And.

I am talking about the dominion or authority.

We represent God’s kingship on earth.

The word image tells us about our relationship with God, and our responsibilities to God.

When.

God.

Originally created this world.

He placed man.

In it.

To rule over it.

As his representative. 

And that’s even more clear down.

In verse 28.

Where Moses says.

“And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on earth.”

And.

So.

God made this perfect world.

For perfect people to live in.

And we’ll see in chapter 2.

Experience His special presence, as well. 

And that’s important.

The original plan.

Was.

Perfect people in this perfect world with this perfect relationship with God.

And.

Though, obviously, He is the ultimate King, the High King of the Universe, you might say, He chose to use man, as his representative.

To rule over creation.

And.

You know.

That’s.

Basically the kingdom of God.

We’re talking about.

That’s.

The plan.

For the universe.

Looking back.

God originally planned to rule this world through chosen human representatives who would speak and act for him.

And.

Make the whole world.

A place for perfect people.

To enjoy perfect communion with Him.

Forever.

And obviously, man sinned, and rebelled, rejecting, God’s authority and rule in their lives.

And.

Totally failed.

In this mandate.

And yet.

As we keep reading Scripture.

That plan, that’s pictured in Genesis, is still.

Clearly.

In place.

You can go to.

Psalm 8.

And.

Psalm 8 is a commentary on Genesis 1, and we see David, there, just amazed that God has any concern for man.

And he’s especially stunned by the privilege, God given him.

He says.

“You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honour. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands, you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen and also beasts of the field, the birds of heaven, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the path of the seas.”

Which is David’s way of saying, that the fall, didn’t change.

God’s plan.

In relation to earth, God created man, to represent Him, by ruling.

The planet.

Perfectly.

And yet, even though that’s the plan.

We don’t see it right now.

That’s the problem.

 And Hebrews 2, makes that clear.

The writer of Hebrews is quoting Psalm 8, and explaining it for us and he writes. 

“Now it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come.”

So this is future.

There is a world to come, and this world to come is not something God gave angels the right to rule.

He continues.

Quoting Psalm 8.

And explaining in verse 8, that.

God “has put everything in subjection under his feet.”

In other words, he gave man the right to rule as His representative.

He continues,

“Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control.”

So this is a big responsibility.

And yet.

“At present, we do not see everything in subjection to him.”

To who?

Man.

This is God’s plan.

Man was created to rule from and rule over the earth on God’s behalf, and even though we fell, that’s still something God wants for man, but, it’s not something that is happening, right now, because.

Of sin.

Which is a big part of why He sent Jesus.

Ephesians 1:22.

God became man, died and rose again.

And Paul says.

Ascended into heaven.

Where He is now seated far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named.

And Paul says.

“He put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church.”

Which tells us.

The ascended Jesus.

Has been given the right to rule as God’s chosen human representative.

Over the earth.

And the Old Testament, tells us He will. 

The Old Testament tells us there is going to be a time, when the Messiah, physically rules over this earth.

It didn’t happen at his first coming, and we don’t see it happening.

But.

He’s going to return, and fulfill, man’s mandate to rule over the earth.

Perfectly.

And you can read about that in places like Isaiah 2. 

Which says.

“It shall come to pass in the latter days, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of all mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills, and all nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways, and that we may walk in his paths. For out of Zion shall go the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples, and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”

And the picture is of this coming Kingdom, with Jerusalem as the capital city and nations coming from everything to this city, to learn about God.

And this is going to be time of peace and prosperity.

Because.

Isaiah 11.

The world’s going to have this perfect king.

“And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what he sees, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, but with righteousness he shall judge the poor and decide with equity for the meek of the earth, and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips, he shall kill the wicked.”

And there’s even going to be a transformation in the physical world at this point as well.

“The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together, and a little child lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”

And the point, I am making is that, Isaiah’s telling us about this time.

When.

Jesus returns.

And.

What Adam couldn’t do, and, what even the whole nation of Israel couldn’t do, the He’s going to come.

And do perfectly.

He’s going to rule over this earth as God’s chosen king.

And.

You see.

How this is going to work out.

Over in 1 Corinthians chapter 15.

Where Paul’s speaking about the resurrection, and he says, Christ rose first, and then he’s going to return, and at his coming, those who belong to Christ, will rise from the dead.

Verse 23.

“But each in his own order, Christ the first- fruits, then at his coming, those who belong to Christ.”  

And then.

Paul fast forwards to the next part of the plan.

Return.

Resurrection of the dead.

Fast forward.

“Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.”

“For”

Verse 25.

And this explains, why there needs to be some time, between the second coming, and when Jesus delivers the kingdom to God the Father.

“For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.”  

And I hope.

I am not losing you.

But.

I am just saying, there’s going to be this time, between Jesus’ second coming, and the end, when, we see Jesus, succeeding, in the responsibility that was originally given to man. 

Way back in the Garden of Eden.

And.

As believers, we are going to be there with him, because He’s going to share His rule, with those who have been united to Him.

Revelation.

Tells us that.

Revelation 2:26.

As he’s writing to the church in Thyatira, Jesus encourages them.

“Only hold fast what you have until I come.”

Verse 26.

“The one who conquers and who keeps my words until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from the Father.”

And then.

3:21.

“The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.”

This is huge.

And it’s worth singing about and in Revelation 5:10.

People are.

“Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and what?”

“You have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”

When?

Revelation 20:1-4.

After Jesus’ second coming.

“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it, and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while. Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshipped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their forehead or hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”

That’s what you call the millennial kingdom, and the great plan of God’s to have man reign on this earth, is fulfilled as the Ultimate Man rules, and shares His rule with His people.

After which He finally and fully defeats the devil, and judges the living and the dead, and takes on Death itself, once and for all, and throws even Death into the lake of Fire, and this thousand year kingdom, I’ve been describing, transitions, into an eternal Kingdom, where the Father and Jesus are on the throne in a New Jerusalem, and believers rule forever, on what’s called the new earth.

Revelation 21:1-4.

“Then I saw a new heavens and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was nor more.

And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.”

Revelation 22.

“No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”

Amen!

And the reason, I am going on and on about this, is because that’s the kingdom, we are longing for.

And.

While I totally understand, getting lost in some of the details, I get lost in a lot of the details, of how it is all going to work out, but it’s going to work out, that’s the thing, and whether we understand every last detail or not, God wants us to be putting our hope in this.

There’s a great change coming.

When the One sitting at the right hand of God the Father is revealed from heaven, with his mighty angels in in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

And fulfilling all the absolutely mind-blowing promises, we read in the Bible, about.

The coming Kingdom of God.

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