Testify the Kingdom of Christ
John 18:35, 36 -
Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done? Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
Today the world remembers the Crucifixion of Jesus and the Lord has given us a beautiful scripture to meditate on.
In our message for today Pilot tells Jesus that he is not a Jew yet he is sitting in judgment over the life and death of Jesus. To this Jesus answers that if His Kingdom were present then his servants would fight for Him.
We, people born of Truth, who call the Holy Spirit as Father are servants to the Kingdom of Christ the King. We pursue the Kingdom of God in Heaven but live in the Kingdom of Christ the King which is on earth and is expanding every day.
These kingdoms of Christ and of Satan, which are at war with each other, are not territorial properties but the hearts of people. Every day when a soul testifies Christ, the Kingdom expands but whenever a soul rejects Christ or compromises Christ for love of things of this world or out of fear of the people of this world then the Kingdom of Christ reduces and kingdom of Satan advances.
Past 2 days there has been a heavy fight between these 2 kingdoms. A person of authority of the worldly kingdom threaten to derail the program 'Aman Ki Raah' schedule on the 4th April at Gateway of India, where people are coming together to testify Christ's Resurrection. These two days the servants of Christ were fighting, some on legal / administrative front and others on the spiritual front. Those who are weak in heart almost became calamity to the threat. But till yesterday evening the news is that THE EVENT IS STILL ON!
We the servants of Christ do not use violence of this world but are strong in heart, in full armor and all armed in Spirit to fight the spiritual warfare.
If you are of good seed and are a servant of Christ the King, go out where ever your heart takes you this Resurrection Sunday and testify the Kingdom of Christ to this world. If you are living Mumbai, India and do not have any place set, then do make it a point to come to the Gateway of India at 5pm and testify Christ.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord Jesus, You are Christ and our Head. As Christ You are King and High priest of all the people of God. We testify You to this world when we stand in your Name. Lord strengthen the hearts of your people that the Truth abides in them and they abide by the Truth, not fearing people of this world...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
28 But if I by the Spirit of God cast out demons, then is the kingdom of God come upon you.
37 And he answered and said, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
38 and the field is the world; and the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one;
39 and the enemy that sowed them is the devil: and the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are angels.
40 As therefore the tares are gathered up and burned with fire; so shall it be in the end of the world.
41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that cause stumbling, and them that do iniquity,
42 and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.
43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He that hath ears, let him hear.
8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:
9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh [be at hand] unto you.
10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say,
11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.
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