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Revelation 11:15, A Tale of Two Kingdoms

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The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign forever and ever.
— Revelation 11:15b

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, May 17, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

There are two very different kingdoms at play throughout the gospel and straight through the Revelation. The kingdom of the world is characterized by human sinfulness: oppressive power-structures designed to enrich a privileged few at the expense of the vast majority. The kingdom of God has only one ruler in three persons, and every human being is equal in every way, and lives in true harmony and mutual love.

I get frustrated being stuck in the kingdom of the world, and I long for that time when this kingdom is transfigured into God’s kingdom once and for all. In the mean time, I look for the “inbreaking” of God’s kingdom—those places where God’s action in the world is evident, where God’s reign has made itself known, where there are examples of this beautiful future in which God’s people are loved and cared for. I see it all the time: in the lives of individuals whose hurts have been healed, in the action of groups to welcome and empower the Other, in those moments of inexpressible beauty when enemies become friends, when forgiveness trumps vengeance, when justice is done.

Sovereign God, encourage me with signs of your presence, and help me always to pray, “Thy kingdom come.” Amen.

 

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