Living in God’s kingdom for us today means not living in a kingdom. Let me explain. The people of Israel chose a king, and from that point on they were subject to some king, whether their own or a foreign king. As a matter of fact, the people of Israel’s idea of the prophesied and awaited Messiah was of a king, one that would defeat their enemies and restore their land to them. Instead, the Messiah came in the form of a wandering preacher and miracle-worker, one who said that the greatest commandment is to love, one who entreated the people to love their neighbor as themselves, one who welcomed the outcast and the sinner, one who challenged the status quo, one who called the people to be just. Jesus came to establish the kingdom of God, yet he abolished the notion of kingdom altogether. The kingdom of God is not a kingdom – it is without a hierarchy, without a human ruler, without insiders and outsiders. It is a place where justice prevails. Hannah’s song is our song.
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