Jesus' kingdom is not of this world
Today's devotion for today is based on the words of Jesus as they are written down for us in John 18:36, "My kingdom is not of this world."
People looked at Jesus then, just as many Christians do today, believing him to be the perfect political leader. If Jesus were king, their troubles would all go away. Money problems, relationship problems, and health problems would all be solved—if not for everyone, at least for his most loyal supporters!
But the reality is that Jesus doesn't always bring outward success. He doesn't build a following through the things that our selfish hearts crave. And that leads many to turn away from him.
That is why Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world." Jesus, the Son of God, didn't come to selfishly seek worldly wealth, political power, or personal gain. He came to give of himself and to serve the world. He came to conquer the devil and overcome sin and its curse. He came to fight for our souls. And he won that fight by overcoming temptation, enduring death and hell, and rising from the dead.
Because Jesus fought as our king, we have something far better than worldly wealth or success. We have been set free from sin and rescued from death. We are citizens of Jesus' heavenly kingdom, where we will live with him in perfect joy forever! Hail, King Jesus!
Please pray with me; King Jesus, thank you for fighting to set me free. Keep me from turning away from you so that I may enjoy the eternal riches of your heavenly kingdom. Amen.