The kingdom not of this world

If you are a Christian, and if you were to sit down and actually think through all the ramifications of what it is your church or pastor teaches about future events, you might find that your belief system includes a physical reign of Jesus on this Earth at some point.

But is that really what Yeshua taught?

John 18:33-34,36-37: “Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews? Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me? … Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”

Yeshua openly admitted that his kingdom was not of, or from, this world, otherwise he would raise up an insurrection against the Roman authorities and establish his throne right then and there.

No, instead he baffles Pilate by saying that his kingdom was not of this world, and that it was not from here, as in “from this place.”

Now, that may have been a reference to the throne that Pilate was reigning from as being the place that Yeshua said was not the source of his kingdom.

More likely, however, is the idea that Yeshua said his kingdom was not of, or from, this creation. And since his kingdom is not of this created order, it can then be something that is eternal. Only that which is born and bred in this created order dies and passes away. Yet, that which is intangible and spiritual, or an ideal, means that it has the potential to last forever.

This is the kingdom I believe Yeshua came to bring us.