REAL POWER IS NOT EARTHLY
As Christians, our Kingdom is not of this world and the authority bequeathed to us in Christ is not earthly. God has already granted us His divine power and placed it on the inside of everyone that is born again. However, understanding and using our authority to release the power of God is crucial. As Christians, at no point are we called on to fight as a means to establish an earthly kingdom in the Name of Jesus. Let's find out more.
Reference: John 18:36 New Living Translation (NLT) "Jesus answered, "My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world."
Jesus is not an earthly King because His Kingdom is not an earthly Kingdom. Jesus is the King of kings but He is not a King in the political sense. In the world's sense of king and kingdom, Jesus was not interested in such because He was far greater than such demotion. At one point, when the people saw that Jesus had performed many signs and wonders, they began to praise and esteem Him highly as a regal personality and as a result, they planned to make Him a King. But the Bible says, "Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself "(John 6:15 NIV).
Jesus wasn't running after what men were running after. Jesus knew why He came down. He said, "For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me" (John 6:38 NIV). Jesus was a Man driven by divine purpose and for this reason, He had no difficulty in resisting any other earthly desire. He is a true Prophet and King, and He separated Himself from those who were strongly moved by the worldly passion and power. However, He had the real power and by the utterances of His authority, He made significant impacts and positive changes in the lives of many.
With the notable exception of Kingdom of heaven, few kingdoms and men in political offices in the history of mankind have had a history of engaging in physical warfare. So in reference to our opening Scripture, when Jesus was arrested, His response to Pilate's investigation was different. Jesus answered him, "My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world"(John 18:36 NLT).
Although Jesus' enemies brought Him to Pilate with accusations of rebellion, He was not interested in fighting them back, defending Himself or establishing an earthly government of His personal interest. Their claim is that Jesus sought to rebel against Rome and establish His own Kingdom, and its because they didn't understand that His power and Kingdom is not of this world.
Beloved, the real power is not earthly. Jesus did not come to establish for us, a political group, or an earthly government like we have around us today, or an empire. He is the King of kings, involved in a spiritual Kingdom, which reigns in the hearts of men who have believed in the glorious Gospel. In other words, the real power is the glorious Gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation spread by example and evangelism (Romans 1:16 ESV). It is the Kingdom power and it is about sharing the Gospel for the sake of liberating the lost from the powers of darkness and shackles of bondage.
Jesus came to display a power that has never been seen before - all for the sake of saving mankind from eternal damnation. And through salvation, He has called us to function with this kind of power rather than the very power that the world offers. 1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV) says, "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." This real power is demonstrated by sharing the Good News of Christ, and giving of ourselves in service to others so that they can surrender their lives to Christ and have eternal life. Praise God!
Scripture Reading - 2 Chronicles 20:6; Job 26:7-14; Psalm 147:5; Jeremiah 10:12; Luke 5:15; Colossians 2:12.
Guided Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are all-powerful and loving. Your desire is to see me filled with the same power and love in a constant manner through the Holy Spirit. Therefore, out of your glorious riches, I'm strengthened with power through the Spirit in my inner being for the Kingdom purpose. And I pray that being rooted and established in your love, I exercise your divine power in my life unto godliness, to win souls for the Kingdom and to fulfil your purpose for my life, in Jesus' Name, Amen!