Where is the Kingdom of God? (PS)

Published December 31, 2016 by Publisher

Topic:  “Where is the Kingdom of God?”

Scripture Readings:

Mark 1: 14-15 — “The Kingdom of God is near…”

Luke 17:21 — Jesus said “…the Kingdom of God is within you.”

Puppet/teacher Script:

[Today we use one puppet, young student Fred, interacting with the class Teacher.]

Fred

Teacher? I am confused! In the scripture, it sounds like the Kingdom of God is a place, but how could a place be inside someone?

Teacher

That is a good question Fred. Some people believe that the Kingdom of God is a place. And they believe that place is heaven.

Fred

Like where you go when you die?

Teacher

Yes. But some other people believe that the Kingdom of God is a place that will exist in the future — when Jesus Christ returns to the earth from heaven.

Fred

You mean like the second coming of Christ that we have been talking about this Advent season.

Teacher

Right again Fred. But this kingdom will be ruled by God and not by man as the kingdoms or countries we know today.

Fred

So, you mean the president of the United States would be God?

Teacher

Well, I guess so!

However, I like what Jesus says about the Kingdom of God.

In the Gospel of Luke (17:21), Jesus says that the Kingdom of God is not a place that you can see, but that “the Kingdom of God is within you.”

Fred

But how can a kingdom be inside you?

Teacher

Well, in some Bibles, Jesus is reported to have said, “the Kingdom of God is among you.”

In this case Jesus is referring to himself [and, perhaps to his disciples and the Word of God that they preached].

Fred

So, Jesus is the Kingdom of God? Now, I am totally confused. How could a person be a kingdom?

Teacher

Well Fred, let me give you an example. Do you dream?

Fred

Yes! Last night I dreamt that I was a clown in a circus!

Teacher

So, in your dream the place you were in was a circus.

Fred

Yes.

Teacher

And where were you when you woke up?

Fred

In my bed of course!

Teacher

But how could you be in two places at the same time — in a circus and in your bed?

Fred

In my dream, I was only dreaming that I was in the circus.

Teacher

So you could say that the circus or place you were in in your dream was in your mind.

Fred

I guess so.

Teacher

But it felt real. You laughed and you had fun at the circus in your dream, didn’t you?

Fred

Yes.

Teacher

Maybe what Jesus meant was that the Kingdom of God is a place in our minds or our hearts. It’s a place we can imagine or feel that we are with Jesus or God. A place where we can find happiness like you did in your dream.

Fred

So, the Kingdom of God is in my dreams?

Teacher

I think it’s more than that. I think the Kingdom of God is in your mind, like a dream, but also in your heart. It’s like the love you have for your parents. You can’t see the love, but you know it’s there in your heart. You can feel it. You can’t see the Kingdom of God, but you can feel it.

Fred

But I don’t feel the Kingdom of God.

Teacher

Well, you are not the only one that can’t feel it. That is why according to the Gospel of Matthew (6:33), Jesus said “seek ye … the Kingdom of God …”

And the way we seek or find the Kingdom of God in our minds and our hearts is by following the teaching of Jesus and the Word of God, by reading the Bible, by prayer, by going to church, by helping other people, by being good.

 

Other References

The word translated “kingdom” throughout the New Testament is the Greek word basileia, which denotes “sovereignty, royal power, [and] dominion” (Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, “Kingdom”).

Bible passages referring to the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven:

http://www.openbible.info/topics/kingdom_of_heaven

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