Jesus goes on, teaching us to declare, “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” This declaration for his kingdom is one that is affirming a distinct future hope. It is a declaration that God will, in human history, fulfill his covenant promises and establish his kingdom in fullness. It holds in its simple, few words the eschatological promise that their suffering would end and that their hopes would be fulfilled. Salvation, in its fullest sense and for all of creation, is working toward completion. And by linking this affirmation with fulfillment on earth in the here and now, Jesus is promising that the blessed kingdom of shalom is breaking through, if only in part, into the world here and now. Even under the devastating rule of pagan empire. God’s kingdom was breaking through. Born out of the hearts of women and men, it is a present reality that defies circumstances and makes us truly blessed.
Vacation time. We are in Winnipeg for 2 weeks. I am hopeful that this time will be a restful. Therefore I will be staying away from social media and the blog. I will however schedule posts on the regular Tuesday and Thursday’s which will be excerpts from books that have been significantly formative for me during this past year. I hope they will be a blessing to you also.
Thanks for reading. I’ll see you in a few weeks.