“Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, ‘The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed’” (Luke 17:20).

The question of the spiritually blind Pharisees emerges from a perspective that desires the kingdom of God to be like the kingdoms of men—imperialistic, triumphal, a militaristic, political, socio-economic force to be reckoned with. In their mind, if Caesar still reigns, if the pagans control the senate, if Pontius Pilate is still governor of Judaea, if WE are not running the show and calling the shots, the Messiah has not come. Within institutional religion there is no room for a Messiah like Jesus, who’s kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36).

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