The kingdom is near again

Jesus Christ, Statue, Children, Catholic, Virginia Public domain

There was a common message that John preached and that Jesus preached after John was arrested, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” The kingdom of heaven once overlapped the earth within the Garden of Eden and then again on the mercy seat within the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle. That time we had limited access because of our sin. Before the temple was built to replace the tabernacle, there was a period during David’s reign when the ark was not kept in Moses’ tabernacle but in Jerusalem where everyone had access.  When the temple was built, the ark was placed inside the Holy of Holies once again, and again, only the high priest had could have access. But now the kingdom of heaven was present within Jesus, and as with David’s tabernacle, everyone would have access again.

Excerpt from the latest draft of  Engaging the Journey

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