Lord Your Kingdom has Come: The Already/Not Yet Kingdom and Urban Ministry
This month we reflect on Mark 1.14-20 and the biblical concept of the Already/Not Yet Kingdom of God. According to the Scriptures, with the entrance of Jesus into the world, the Kingdom of God is at hand.
With the coming of Jesus into the world the time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Jesus, who came in the fullness of time (Gal.4.6-7), is the Incarnation of the Messiah, the Word who became flesh, and the reign and rule of God has become manifest in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. God’s authority and rule has become revealed in his person, exhibited in his works, and interpreted through his teaching and testimony. In a wonderful little book entitled Is the Kingdom of God Realism? , E.Stanley Jones, says “Jesus’ message was the Kingdom of God. It was the center and circumference of all He taught and did. . . . The Kingdom of God is the master-conception, the master-plan, the master-purpose, the master-will that gathers everything up into itself and gives it redemption, coherence, purpose, goal.”
This great truth has important implications for intercessory prayer warriors, especially we who are laboring in prayer for the souls and communities of the unreached urban dwellers.