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A king must know his kingdom, but does the Kingdom know its King. For that was the fate sealed by the Jews in not coming to the King of kings and the Lord of lords, for the Jews knew Jesus.

When Jesus had finished these parables, He moved on from there. Coming to His hometown, He began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s Son? Isn’t His mother’s name Mary, and aren’t His brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all His sisters with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?” And they took offence at Him. But Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honour.” And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.[1] While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, His mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to Him. Someone told Him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to You.” He replied to him, “Who is My mother, and who are My brothers?” Pointing to His disciples, He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers. For whoever does the will of My Father in Heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”[2]

So those who grew up with Him could not see the King in Jesus and neither could the Pharisees who were looking for signs and a way to kill Him, for Jesus, teaching in the temple courts, testified to them, “Yes, you know Me and you know where I am from. I am not here on My own, but He who sent Me is true. You do not know Him, but I know Him because I am from Him and He sent Me.”[3] On hearing His words, some of the people said, “Surly this Man is the Prophet.” Others said, “He is the Christ.” Still others asked, “How can the Christ come from Galilee? Does not the Scripture say that the Christ will come from David’s family and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?”[4] If you study the Scriptures, you will find in the book of Ruth that David was also born in Bethlehem. Even to the Pharisees, Nicodemus asked, “Does our law condemn anyone without first hearing him to find out what he is doing?” They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee.”[5] As Jesus told the Pharisees earlier, “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.”[6] For if the Pharisees had understood the Scriptures, they would know full well the Grace that had been given to the Land of Naphtali. If they had looked into it themselves, they would have seen the King of kings staring them in the face and would have seen their King standing in the flesh.

Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past He humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future He will honour Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordon— The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before You as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, You have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.[7]

Throughout the history of the Jewish nation, the Jews searched and waited for the Christ, the Messiah, the King, to rule the land of Israel. For the Jews did not know their Scriptures, so they were blind in not seeing the King of the Jews, even up to the time of Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion.

Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “Or did others talk to you about Me?”[8] Jesus said, “My Kingdom is not of this world. If it were, My servants would fight to prevent My arrest by the Jews, but now My Kingdom is from another place.” “You are a King, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a King. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to Me.”[9] Pilate said to the Jews, “I find no basis for a charge against Him.”[10] But the Jews insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law He must die, because He claimed to be the Son of God.”[11] Show me in the Jewish Law where it says that. If a man was found practising falsehood, yes he must be stoned to death. But that was no basis to kill Jesus according to their Law, for if the Jews had listened carefully to His teachings and had searched for the meaning of Jesus’ parables, they would have heard the Law in the Kingdom of Grace. The Law of Grace that has now been brought forth into our Law, that is, if you are born again.

Jesus knew how to fight and defend His Kingdom, for while in the desert, He was tempted by Satan, and by using the words from the Torah, He destroyed Satan’s power.

After the Lord’s resurrection, whilst walking along going to a place called Emmaus, two of His disciples did not recognise Him. He walked next to them and asked them what they were discussing between themselves. So, the Resurrection taught them of the resurrection, yet they were slow at heart to believe what was spoken. And so it can be with us if we do not come to know the Lord and we can be mislead when the false one comes. We must come to understand how to defend His Kingdom within us.

Jesus knows His Kingdom. He is one with His Kingdom, having the power to walk on water and to calm the storm, being able to turn water to wine, multiply bread, raise the dead and heal the sick. He knows His Kingdom that is given to Him by His Father, for He watched His Father create His Kingdom and became one with its Grace, a Kingdom full of Grace and Truth for us to dwell in. As like most kingdoms are divided, marked out by borders of land in the physical or in the spiritual. A place where its citizens must fight for their King so that they will worship God in Spirit and in truth, fighting an internal battle for the King of Truth.

A Kingdom of Grace, which is given even to the wicked to live in the land, and Grace given to us by the Holy Spirit who gives us time to repent. Grace given to us that we may be born again to receive His Holy Spirit and then to enter into eternal life to live in His Kingdom, forever walking in the flesh and in the spirit in the land or in our hearts. First, we must stop the internal fighting between our mind and our heart, a battle to show the King that we have won for His honour and glory. For the Kingdom of Heaven is near, that which is in our hearts. We must fight to defend it and display the plunder from the overflow of our hearts that the mouth speaks, bringing out the riches and jewels given to us by the Grace of the only true King, Jesus Christ.

Lord, all things are possible for You if You are willing, yet not our will but Your will be done. Your Spirit is willing but our flesh is weak. The flesh being Your Kingdom in which Your Spirit dwells. Into Your hands, we commit Your Kingdom. Take us by the hand and lead us into places we do not wish to go, so that we may truly come to know You, Lord Jesus, our King, and be an overcomer as You are the Overcomer.

Your Kingdom come and Your will be done. Amen


 

[1] Matthew 13:53-58

[2] Matthew 12:46-50

[3] John 7:28-29

[4] John 7:40-42

[5] John 7:50-52

[6] John 5:39-40

[7] Isaiah 9:1-7

[8] John 18:33-34

[9] John 18:36-37

[10] John 18:38

[11] John 19:7

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