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with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and
bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great,
and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God
shall give unto him
the throne
of his father David: and
he sha/1
over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there
shall be no end" (Luke 1:26-33).
When Jesus was on tria) for his life before Pilate. the Roman
ruler said unto Him, "Art thou a king then? Jesus answered. Thou
sayest that 1 am a king. To this end was 1 born, and for this cause
carne 1 into the world, that 1 should bear witness unto the truth."
However, Jesus also explained to Pilate that His Kingdom -
His rulership - was not of this world - this time -this present
age, saying,
kingdom is not of this world .
but now is
not from hence" (John 18:36).
What Christ's Gospel Was All About
1 say Christ's gospel - the message He brought from God -was
the advance good news of the establishment of the Kingdom of
But just what does that include?
And why is the Kingdom of God necessary?
Just how does it affect and relate directly to your personal
and individuallife?
Actually. Christ's message of God's coming Kingdom is di–
rectly concerned with world conditions as they are - with human
nature - its source and origin - with world evils, suffering. un–
happiness - with world peace. It's concerned with government -
with the reason present human governments fail to be the bene–
factors of their peoples they are supposed to be.
His message hits directly at the very roots of individual per–
sonal happiness and at the awesome transcendent potential of
each human life. It is concerned with the
of present condi–
tions that affect every human and with the
that will solve all
But it is concerned with far, far more.
It is concerned with God's tremendous, overwhelming, over–
all purpose as Creator of the entire universe. It's concerned with
the entire vast universe, filled with its uncountable galaxies, neb-