Reading: Matthew 4
“From that time on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.’” – Matthew 4:17
“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” – Matthew 4:23
What is the kingdom of heaven? What is the good news of the kingdom?
“… Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” – Matthew 6:9-10
The good news is that the kingdom of heaven has come—here, on earth, within us. And as the kingdom of heaven is within us, we live like we’re in the kingdom of God—with joy, peace, contentment, kindness… making those who come in contact with us feel like they’re also in heaven! That is God’s will being done on earth “as it is in heaven”.
In God’s kingdom there is no disease, no sickness, no death. Jesus in his healing ministry (and dead-raising ministry!) has already given us a foretaste of it. HALLELUJAH!