With repentance, Jesus gives forgiveness – the word that brings hope to every heart since we have all sinned against God’s holiness. Forgiveness means total forgetfulness, nothing will be brought forward against us in the day of judgement for Jesus paid the price that we ultimately deserved – spiritual death. There is nothing we can do about that – for God does not remove the guilt and penalty of sin, He holds our account through the actions of Jesus and now we stand before Him with His righteousness, completely clean.
Can you imagine Peter giving this message to the Jewish leaders when he was brought before them after the angel set them free from prison? The encouragement he gave the murders of Christ was the hope of forgiveness – he preached repentance and the remission of sin – that Christ was ready to give them both.
Christ had to be taken to the cross, that is what most think about when Jesus was lifted up but Peter reminds the leaders of the temple that it was the resurrection and ascension of Jesus that placed Him with authority and power. Because of this, no matter what the people of earth wish to do, nothing will hinder Jesus from fulfilling His mission – for He is the Saviour to those who put in Him their hope of salvation.
“We must obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.” Acts 5:29-32
I, a sinner bowing my knee to the lordship of Jesus Christ is the recognition that I have made Him the Lord and King over my life and that God’s program replaces my own. What concerns me now is the kingdom of God. So when I pray, “Your kingdom come,” there is nothing on my agenda – my ambition, dreams or goals. I mean those things give me direction in life but I submit them so that Christ may use them as He has purposed. It’s that purpose that replaces me running my life my way, my desire for the forgiveness of sin, and my hope of eternal life. So my prayer at this point of salvation is where I yield to God so that His purpose, will and desire takes over.
If I think then how wonderful it is to be under God’s authority and my prayer is a desire to see His kingdom come so that I may live under that authority sooner than later, it makes sense that I commit myself to do God’s will now. That includes following in the footsteps of Christ as He lived to the laws of that Kingdom and proclaimed the message of hope to the world.
So the prayer, “Your kingdom come,” is a cry of hope – a sigh for heaven. A cry for heaven to be on earth – the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of Jesus.
He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.” – Luke 11:1-4
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