CNN’s homepage announced in big, bold letters on the morning of January 20th, 2017: “The Trump Era Begins.” This Inauguration Day announcement declared to its viewers the commencement of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America.
In Mark 1:15 Jesus is seen declaring an even bigger and more shocking announcement: “The kingdom of God is at hand!” With this statement, Jesus was proclaiming the good news that God’s absolute rule has been established and is expanding across a world that for far too long has been dominated by Satan, sin, and death.
Now, the key component of every kingdom is its king. This figure is the head and focal point of his domain. And God’s kingdom is no different. At the center of the Kingdom of God is Jesus Christ and the Bible clearly identifies him as its King. This reality is seen in 1 Timothy 6:15 where Jesus is described as “the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords.”
Jesus is the King of God’s kingdom! This good news is a central feature of the Gospel. As this message is proclaimed and people begin to embrace Jesus’ royal identity, evil will begin to lose its foothold in this world. Ultimately, however, Jesus gained victory over Satan, sin, and death at the cross and through his resurrection. Hebrews 2:14b-15 declares “(Jesus) himself likewise partook of the same things, that though death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.”
Christians are called to be Jesus’ ambassadors (See 2 Cor. 5:20). In fulfilling this role, they too need to announce the arrival of God’s kingdom and the victory that has been gained through their King’s death and resurrection. As they tell others this good news, they will experience and witness firsthand the emergence of a new power in their world – The Kingdom of God!