GOSPEL LIVING

Wednesday November 15,2017

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Philemon 1:7-20   Psalms 146:7, 8-9, 9-10   Luke 17:20-25

20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, he answered them, "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; 21 nor will they say, `Lo, here it is!' or `There!' for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you." 22 And he said to the disciples, "The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and you will not see  it. 23 And they will say to you, `Lo, there!' or `Lo, here!' Do not go, do not follow them. 24 For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of man be in his day. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
Meditation: The Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God should come. They understood perhaps that Christ had taught his disciples to pray for the coming of it and they had long preached that it was at hand. Christ’s reply to this demand directed to the Pharisees first and afterwards to his own disciples. The coming of the son of man could be at any moment. When the moment comes there will be no mistaking, though it will come upon many unawares. The call is for heightened alertness and readiness for decisive action.
    Repeatedly Jesus has pointed toward the proximity of the kingdom and plainly confirms to the Pharisees that the ‘when question’ is unimportant. The kingdom of God truly is already present in the person of Christ, in the circle of disciples, both in their own hear and in the heart of the community.
    Jesus exhorts the people around him saying that he Kingdom of God is in the ‘midst of you’ that means, in the person of Jesus himself. But the fact is that it has become unnoticed now. It is the folly of many curious enquirers concerning the time to come that they look for that before them which is already among. 
Bro. Dynish