“His kingdom will never end” (Luke 1:33).

It is easy to forget how revolutionary these words must have sounded in the beginning. They were …

Spoken by an angel
To a virgin
Announcing a baby
Who will one day
Rule the world.

It happened in Nazareth, a tiny village in Galilee. On that day, you would have said the mighty Roman Empire would last forever. But it had been preceded by many other empires:

Egypt
Assyria
Babylon
Medo-Persia
Greece

A visit to imperial Rome might convince you it would last a thousand years. But a few centuries later, the empire disintegrated.

So the angel’s words didn’t seem likely.
How would Mary’s baby have a kingdom that never ends?

They were just a young couple about to face a crisis pregnancy. The whole affair would cast a shadow over them and lead to rumors and insinuations that would follow Jesus during his earthly ministry.

Even now, after 2000 years, the angel’s message seems mind-blowing. What a series of predictions he made. As I thought about those improbable words, I found myself singing these words from the Hallelujah Chorus:

The kingdom of this world
Is become the kingdom of our Lord,
And of his Christ, and of his Christ;
And he shall reign for ever and ever,
For ever and ever, forever and ever.

Jesus is building his kingdom in human hearts around the world. Someday he will return and visibly reign on the earth. That kingdom—his kingdom—will never end.

The followers of Jesus are the ultimate revolutionaries because they have concluded only one thing will never end . . .

His kingdom

Some men and women are not like everyone else. They believe the kingdom of God is the greatest thing in the world, and that one thought has revolutionized everything they do. Kingdom issues are at stake. That’s the only possible explanation for the way they live.

Everyone reading these words has a choice to make. Join the kingdoms of this world that are doomed to fail. Or join forces with Jesus Christ and follow him as your Savior and Lord.

His kingdom will never end. Why would you follow anyone else?

Lord Jesus, your kingdom is the only one that will last forever. Help me to live by kingdom values today. Amen.

Musical bonus: What do you get when you mix Handel’s Messiah with contemporary Christian music? You get For Unto Us/Open the Eyes of My Heart by Paul Baloche.

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