Luke 17:20-21

Jesus said: "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or 'There!' for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you."  

   The kingdom of God is right here, right now.  The signs or marks of the kingdom are not those for which people are seeking.  Humans look for signs that will overcome their skepticism.  Before this age, the eclipse that will take place on the 21st would have been just such a sign.  In our more “sophisticated” world those signs must take place politically or culturally.

  The true kingdom does not come in those ways.  The kingdom comes through common means combined with the power of God.

   The kingdom comes through word.  Not just any words will do however.  The kingdoms of the world use words.  Some are legalize and some are tweets.  The true kingdom comes in the Word of God.  God’s Word carries the authority of the creator. (see Genesis 1 and John 1).

   The kingdom comes through water.  Not just water, the worlds most abundant substance, but water with God’s Word brings God’s saving grace.   (see John 3:5-6)

   The kingdom comes through bread and wine.  Bread making is the mark of civilization that moves human groups from hunter/gathers to civilization.  Wine marks human civilization’s move into preservation of natural substances.  But, again, not just bread and wine, but connected with God’s Word then Christ is present and brings salvation. (see 1 Cor. 10:16)

    The kingdom is in the midst of us wherever God’s Word is faithfully taught and the sacraments administered. 

   I know where that happens!  You can be in the midst of those who are in the kingdom of God.

In Christ,

Pastor Schmidt