January 26th (3rd Sunday after Epiphany): “The Kingdom Has Come Near”
Main Text: Matthew 4:12-23 (Isaiah 9:1-4; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18)
does it mean to pray “your kingdom come; your will be done on earth as it is in
heaven?” Jesus proclaimed that the kingdom of heaven has come near. The
implication was that where Jesus is, so also is the kingdom of heaven. Jesus
embodied the fullness of what life in the kingdom of heaven is supposed to be
like. In Isaiah, there is a contrast spoken of between former times when there
was condemnation to later times when God would reverse fortunes. Paul makes it
clear that we are not to be divided, as division comes from human inclination.
Instead, we are to be united in the same mind. We are not to be divided over
human issues and loyalties, but instead, we are to set our minds in Christ.
When we share communion, we proclaim Christ’s presence in bread and wine.
Through this meal, we are to be united to Christ and our brothers and sisters.
Now, the kingdom of heaven is to be near in and through our lives and witness.
Consider your call brothers and sisters. How does your life reflect the kingdom
on earth as it is in heaven?