Vision How Jesus will change the world
Jesus promises a kingdom vastly superior to the kingdoms of this world. This kingdom isn’t just a vague notion, but a physical kingdom on earth. Jesus will rule from the capitol, Jerusalem, with compassion and justice.
His desire is the same as his Father’s—for the earth to be renewed, for people to live in peace and safety, and for the whole of creation to worship God. All the natural disasters, tragedies, hurts and poverty of this world will not exist. These promises might sound familiar--like those of popular politicians. However, unlike human politicians, Jesus can actually fulfil his promises. When speaking of his ministry on earth, Jesus says:
"The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor." (Matt 11:5 ESV)
If he did such works when he was human, imagine what he will do through God’s power when he is King! Jesus invites us to follow him to find peace, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33 ESV). Just think--a world where everyone has plenty, people remain healthy, and there is peace and safety. If we choose Jesus as King, there is so much to look forward to!
Jesus doesn’t want illness and death for his people. We can see that during his ministry on earth, he had immense compassion on the people around him. With God’s power, he healed many of their sicknesses and even raised the dead. During Jesus’ kingdom, there will be immortal saints who will reign with Jesus (hopefully us!). Of course, by definition, immortal means that these individuals will not get sick or die.
But what about everyone else living in the Kingdom? The Bible tells us in Isaiah 65:20:
"Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere child; the one who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed." (Isa 65:20 ESV)
Passages like these assure us that during Jesus’ kingdom, people will live much longer and healthier lives. Infant mortality will be a thing of the past and even in their old age people will remain healthy and strong!
Under Jesus' reign, the earth will finally have a fair judgement system. How often do we complain of the corrupt politics of today? Under Jesus, we will finally have a perfect system. Jesus always knows what is right, and better yet, always DOES what is right! This is because he doesn’t rely on flawed human reasoning but rather, God’s wisdom. Listen to what is said about Jesus' rulership:
"He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth." (Isa 11:3-4 ESV)
A kingdom ruled by righteousness will be a truly welcome change!
Not only that, but there will also be cessation of war. There will be people who don’t want Jesus to be king and will fight against him, but eventually the rebels with be converted or destroyed. With a righteous King ruling a peaceful kingdom, there won’t be vicious wars destroying the population. Isaiah 9:7 puts it beautifully:
"Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever." (Isa 9:7 ESV)
Imagine how wonderful the world will be without the constant turmoil of war.
Despite the fact that the earth is full of natural resources, humans haven’t figured out how to distribute them so that everyone can have what they need. Thus, poverty and hunger plague much of the population. But Jesus, the perfect King, will eradicate poverty and hunger by evenly and fairly distributing the world’s resources so that everyone has enough. According to the prophet Isaiah, the earth will also be filled with unheard of bounty:
"The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom…Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow." (Isa 35:1, 6-7 ESV)
Such an ideal kingdom can only come if we have a wonderful, righteous King!Check out more Jesus for King articles