Jesus sometimes said, “What is the Kingdom of God like?” He followed with illustrations that remained a mystery. Why? Because we need the Holy Spirit to help us see what we can’t perceive with our natural eyes.
Kingdoms aren’t all the same.
A king-dom is any domain that is ruled by a king—a monarchy, not a democracy or republic in which the people have a voice in government.
The ancient concept of kingdoms was much different from today’s provinces, countries, or territories that have governors, presidents, or prime ministers. Ages ago, kings were revered as gods. Their commands were law, obeyed without question.
The Kingdom of God is ruled by the Lord Jesus Christ, who has been given all authority in Heaven and on Earth (Matthew 28:18).
Jesus was no ordinary king.
We shouldn’t be surprised to learn that his kingdom is unlike any we’ve seen throughout history. He is the “King of kings and the Lord of lord” (Revelation 19:16), which places his position above all other authorities and powers.
In other kingdoms, the ruler is served by the people. In the Kingdom of God, the name of Jesus is above every other name (Philippians 2:9), yet he is the greatest of all servants, a fact demonstrated by the washing of the disciples’ feet (John 13:5–14) and proven by the sacrifice of his life for our sake (John 10:11).
Under Christ the King, we are extraordinary.
When Jesus was accused of falsely claiming to be God, he referred to scripture that pointed to his people being gods (Psalm 82:6; John 10:35–36), a fact that the Jews could not understand because they’d never seen a kingdom where the people were to be like their king.
We don’t yet know what we will become. But the more of him we see, the more we’ll want to be like him, for we shall see how great he really is (1 John 3:2). In his Kingdom, we are more than ordinary subjects under his rule. Becoming like him in service and suffering, we get to reign with him (2 Timothy 2:12).