What is the TRUE message of Jesus Christ?

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What is the true message of Jesus Christ?

Whilst many people both inside and outside the Christian church know of Jesus, and they know about key events in his lifetime – such as his birth, his death and his resurrection – most people don’t know that Jesus preached, taught and spoke endlessly about one central message – one important truth that was life changing for everyone who was able to grasp it.

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Let’s take a look in the bible, because I want to show you what that one true message is.

Matthew chapter 3 verses 1 and 2 tell us that before the ministry of Jesus had even begun, the wilderness preaching of John the Baptist called people to repent of their sins “for the Kingdom of Heaven is near”.

Matthew chapter 4 verse 17 tells us that shortly thereafter, Jesus himself began preaching an identical message – the message to “repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near”.

Matthew chapter 4 verse 23 says that “Jesus traveled throughout the region of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the good news about the kingdom.”

This good news, according to Mark chapter 1, verse 15 was that “the time promised by God has come at last … the Kingdom of God is near!” and check out verse 43 of Luke chapter 4 where Jesus tells the crowd, who is begging him not to leave them and move on to another place, that he “must preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God in other towns, too, because that is why he was sent”.

Did you see that?

The very reason Jesus was sent to earth, according to Jesus himself, was to preach the good news of the Kingdom of God.

Now teaching about the kingdom of God, or the kingdom of Heaven – which are two different names for the exact same thing – wasn’t just a feature of Jesus’ early ministry.

Matthew chapter 10 verse 7 records that when Jesus sent the twelve out to the people of Israel, he sent them with the instruction to announce “that the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”

When Jesus chose 72 other disciples and sent them ahead of him in pairs to all the towns and places he planned to visit, their instructions according to Luke chapter 10 verse 9 were to “heal the sick and tell them the Kingdom of God is near you now”.

Even in the limited time that he spent with the apostles after the resurrection, as well as proving to the apostles “in many ways that he was actually alive”, Acts chapter 1 verse 3 records that Jesus “talked to them about the Kingdom of God.”

So the good news about the Kingdom of God wasn’t just something that Jesus mentioned in passing during his ministry – He considered it to be His core message, and sharing it was the very purpose of His mission here on earth. 

It’s important to realize that the central message that was preached by the apostles in the early church, the message that thousands of people responded to in a very short space of time, was the continuation of this exact same message.

Acts chapter 8 verse 12 tells us that the proclamation of the “Good News concerning the Kingdom of God” continued in the early church and resulted in many baptisms.

Acts chapter 19 verse 8 tells us that Paul argued “persuasively about the Kingdom of God” in the synagogue and later whilst living in Rome, and Acts chapter 28 verses 30 and 31 tell us that Paul “welcomed all who visited him, boldly proclaiming the Kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ”.

On one occasion, Acts chapter 28 verse 23 tells us that Paul explained and testified about the Kingdom of God from morning until evening.

There should be a pattern emerging from the references we’ve covered so far, but I want you to notice something else.

If the kingdom of God was the one true message of Jesus, it makes sense that Jesus would not just refer to the message as a whole as an overview, but he would also explain how his other teachings fit in as part of the overall concept – and this absolutely holds true for the concept or topic of the Kingdom of God.

If we go and take a look at many of the ‘famous’ teachings of Jesus – you’ll notice that there is, in fact, a reference to the kingdom of God somewhere nearby.

The beatitudes? Yep.

The sermon on the mount? Yep.

The Lord’s prayer? Yep. Parables? Yep – in fact many of the parables Jesus shared were actually teaching about what the kingdom of God was like. 

The ‘Kingdom of God’ (and I’m including references to the Kingdom of Heaven) is specifically mentioned 36 times in Matthew, 15 times in Mark, 32 times in Luke and 2 times in John.

It is also prominent in the Acts of the Apostles, with another 6 mentions, and throughout the remainder of the New Testament.

I find it fascinating that although the word ‘kingdom’ appears 192 times in the Old Testament – there is no specific Old Testament reference to the ‘Kingdom of God’ that Jesus spoke of so often.

This means that the Kingdom of God is a new message, a new concept, a revolutionary concept, that Jesus brought to mankind.

Jesus didn’t just teach theoretically about the kingdom of God – he taught that the kingdom of God was the reason for change, the reason to take action.

The whole reason behind encouraging repentance was as a kingdom response, and in addition to teaching what the kingdom is like,  he taught about how to enter it.

He cast out demons and performed miracles to prove his kingdom authority, and encouraged his disciples to pray for the kingdom to come.

He also spoke of appearing on earth in glory and the future fellowship in the kingdom and instead of worrying about what you will eat, drink and wear – Matthew chapter 6 verse 33 tells us that if we seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, God will give us everything we need.

If you’re wondering about different bible translations, and whether Jesus’ message about the Kingdom of God gets treated differently from one translation to another, let me show you something.

Let’s take one verse and look at what that verse says in some different translations – So this one is Matthew chapter 4 verse 17 from the King James Version, the New King James Version, the Amplified Version, the New Revised Standard Version, the New International Version, and the New Living Translation.

This next one is Mark chapter 1 verse 15 in the King James Version, the New King James Version, the Amplified Version, the New Revised Standard Version, the New International Version, and the New Living Translation.

And this one is Matthew chapter 6 verse 33 in the King James Version, the New King James Version, the Amplified Version, the New Revised Standard Version, the New International Version, and the New Living Translation.

As you can see, there is a high degree of consistency in how references to the Kingdom of God are translated.

I want to encourage you to spend some time after you watch this video looking up all the references I’ve mentioned in your own bible, because I want you to realize that this is not some form of trickery, or a clever way of putting things together to build a false picture.

It is the absolute truth.

There’s a full list of references in the description, so you can take your time and go through them one by one.

Personally, I couldn’t believe that I’d been reading and studying the bible for more than 30 years – but I’d never noticed this core message of Jesus.

It’s not even hidden – it’s there in plain sight, and I thank the Holy Spirit for revealing it to you today.

As soon as you start paying attention to the kingdom references and connections – you’ll notice they’re everywhere.

And you’ll start seeking them out as a priority, which leads to seeking the kingdom of God itself,  which is exactly what Jesus said to do in Matthew chapter 6 verse 33.

In basic terms, the ministry of Jesus involved doing three things: proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God’s availability, teaching about what it was like, and manifesting the Kingdom of God’s power and authority through signs and wonders.

But why is that such good news?

What is it about this message that can turn life as we know it upside down?

There is more… so much more… and we’re just getting started.

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Most importantly, I’d love you to join me in my next video, which explains the breathtaking true gospel of Jesus Christ – the gospel of the Kingdom, and why, even 2000 years later this revolutionary message is such good news for you, me and the whole of humankind.

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