As the disciples of Jesus gathered around him, Jesus taught them how to pray, he said to them, Matthew 6:9-10 “After this manner, therefore, pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom comes, thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Because the duty of the disciple in this world is to implement the policies of God’s kingdom on the earth.
Jesus wanted his disciples to know they were now a part of his government, and that in the future to come through their passions, and desire to see the kingdom, they were going to bring the reality of the kingdom into focus.
Therefore, as the disciples of Jesus live out their lives in this world, their focus was to be on the kingdom, and their efforts were to establish the kingdom, and because of this, when they asked Jesus to teach them how to pray he focused their attention on the kingdom to come.
Later Jesus standing before Pilot would say something of great interest regarding the kingdom. He said, John 18:36 “My kingdom is not of this world: for if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” And what Pilot did not understand was that in the future to come the kingdoms of the world would become the kingdom of Christ.
But just how was Jesus going to fulfil this mission of establishing the kingdom of God on earth? And why do we believe Jesus sent us out into the world, and why do we believe Jesus said we are in the world but are not of this world?
Well, it is because we are the body and people of Christ coming kingdom. We the disciples of Christ who are task with the mission of advancing against the policies of this current kingdom are members of Christ coming kingdom. And as we advanced against the world, as disciples of Jesus the king, we through our work and the implementation of the policies of Christ will bring the kingdom into focus. However, at this moment we are asked to stand down until the appointed day.
Isaiah wrote in light of the work we will do and of Christ our king. Isaiah 9:7, “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
And by sending us out into the world Jesus is ordering his kingdom, and because the zeal of the Lord is in us, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that gives us this zeal, God through his people will establish the kingdom and will one day take the kingdoms of this world out of the hands of the kings of the earth.