Lent Reflection: Your kingdom come
Jesus Christ is ‘the last Adam’ (1 Corinthians 15:45) and ‘the second Man’ (verse 47). As the last Adam, He took upon Himself the sin, the transgression, the condemnation, and the total failure of the Adamic race. By His atoning death, He expiated the guilt of Adam’s race, and by His resurrection into newness of life, He opened the way for the initiation of a new race, of which He is the Head.
As we follow Him through His death and into His resurrection by faith and identification with Him, we become members of this new race. The new race is called ‘one new man’ (Ephesians 2:15). This ‘new man’ is destined by God to fulfil the purpose that Adam failed to fulfil.
Adam was created in the likeness and image of God to show forth God’s likeness to creation and to exercise God’s authority on His behalf. Yet he lost his dominion and became a slave to Satan and sin when he obeyed the devil rather than God. It is important for us to recognize that Jesus has fully dealt with the legal issue of Adam’s failure.
The Lord Jesus Christ has left us with the authority and the responsibility to be the executors of His purposes on earth. We are not to sit passively on the sidelines and say, ‘Well, God is going to do it.’ We are to be intimately involved with His purposes. Jesus taught us to become identified with God’s kingdom when He said, in the Lord’s Prayer, ‘Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’ (Matthew 6:10).
Do you believe that God’s will can be done as perfectly on earth as it is in heaven? Apparently, it can, for Jesus said we could pray for it to be so. But, my dear friend, it is not going to happen without you and me.
We are implicated. The responsibility is ours. Do you want to be identified with God’s kingdom and the outworking of His will on the earth? You can do so by using the following simple prayer:
Lord, I want to be an ambassador for You. I want to be an agent of reconciliation in the earth. With Your help, I will join with Your people in Your work, bringing restoration in the place of desolation. Lord, please help me to that end. Amen.
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