‘Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”’ (John 18:36 NLT).


When Pilate asked Jesus whether he was the king of the Jews, Jesus answered that his kingdom is not of this world. Jesus did not deny being a King. He used the word “my” three times saying, “My Kingdom and my followers.” So, Jesus is a king. But he did make it clear that his Kingdom and followers were no threat to Rome, nor any other earthly kingdom. If his was a earthly kingdom, his followers would have fought to defend their king. But Jesus wouldn’t allow it. He even rebuked Peter for drawing his sword to cut off the ear of one of those who came to arrest Jesus.
Jesus came to establish an eternal kingdom, a heavenly kingdom. Yet, though his kingdom is not “of” this world, that does not mean his kingdom is not “in” it. For didn’t Jesus teach his disciples to pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”?
Where in the world is Christ’s kingdom? Wherever Christ is recognized as king. Have you made Christ your King? Then His Kingdom is “in” your house.
Christ’s Kingdom does not exist according to worldly principles, nor is it defended by worldly methods. So when worldly kingdoms rise and fall, Christ’s Kingdom and followers are unaffected. For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
PRAYER: Dear Father, we renew our allegiance to King Jesus today. He declare Him King over every arena of our lives. We pray as Jesus taught us. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus’ name, amen.