Knowing this, it will help us understand when it says in the Lord’s Prayer – May your kingdom come soon.
It is a cry from our heart asking God to extend his spiritual kingdom on the earth every day.
The kingdom of God is the spiritual reality in our lives here and now.
We are praying for the ongoing work that Jesus accomplished when he lived, died and rose again.
Also, we are praying that Jesus and his kingdom will ultimately break into our world visibly and physically some time in the near future.
The Bible does not tell us exactly when that will happen, but it does paint a picture of conditions in the world just before it happens. (See Matthew 24)
The sad fact is that not everyone will accept him or his kingdom at that time any more than they did when he first came.
There are still people today who, like the religious rulers of the day, don’t want him to be their king.
They want to rule over their own destiny. The Bible tells
us about a time when our world will come to a final crisis, and everyone will have to decide who they want to have as their king.
It is said of those who reject Jesus –
They will make war against the Lamb [Jesus], but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings – and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers. Revelation 17:14
But we are not there yet.
This world is not our final home. We still have to live with the evil that reigns in the world.
But for the present, however, we are ambassadors of his spiritual kingdom as it presently exists, and more importantly, when it will exist in its ultimate form.