The Hope of the World is the Kingdom of God
Yes, the hope of the world is the Kingdom of God. All you have to do is watch the news on television to become overwhelmed at the unbelievable presence of evil in this world today. It’s depressing and seemingly hopeless. In fact, if not for my belief that Jesus came to earth as “God among us” and showed us how perfect love could conquer evil… I would have no hope at all. But he did. Jesus showed us that by loving our enemies, even to the point of dying at their hands was the only way to conquer evil. That is the point that we will eventually have to come to trust in order to bring this world into the Kingdom of God. We will do it. The Church will be triumphant. It won’t happen until we learn to trust in the power of Jesus. In “power under”. Historically, the Church has been known as one of the most barbaric and violent forces in the world. But the Church should never be militant. We have to learn to trust in the power of the cross; not the sword. We have to learn to trust in the power of love; of self-sacrificial love. Jesus could have called 10,000 angels. He could have conquered Rome. And actually the “Church” did eventually conquer Rome. For over a thousand years the “Church” conquered and ruled over most of Europe by the power of the sword. But where is the “Church” in Europe now? The “Church” in Europe is pretty much dead now. When you take up the sword, you die by the sword. We have to be willing to lay down our lives for our enemies. We have to be willing to serve our enemies.