Coming Near

asteroid & earth“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” Mark 1:14-16 (NRSV)

NASA has mercifully informed us that the asteroid that is closing in on Earth, at this moment, will miss us! So it should be whizzing out into the darkness of space having ‘come near’ by next Sunday.

When Mark wrote of the Kingdom coming near, we are tempted to think of it as a past event like our encroaching space boulder. Worse still, we can imagine the Kingdom’s proximity only occurring during Christ’s earthly ministry. In other words, ‘it’s been and gone and went’.

But this isn’t really what was meant. For Jesus, throughout his ministry, suggested that the Kingdom was here but somehow hidden. This intrigued his listeners and still can fascinate us today. For it is a bit like living on a brightly lit stage unaware of the audience beyond the glare of the footlights.
From this perspective then, the Kingdom is within touching distance provided we make an effort to see it and, better still, bring it into the theatre of our lives.

Lord, let us to imagine the Kingdom
Let us see the Kingdom
Let us bring it nearer
And then make it the centre of our lives

Amen

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