Commands of Christ: 39

Proclaim that the kingdom of God is near.

As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Matthew 10:7

Say to them, ‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.’  Luke 10:9b

This is another of the commands Jesus gave as He was instructing the seventy and the twelve in these two passages.  In many ways, this is the central command for Jesus’ followers in terms of our task here on earth prior to His return.  God’s rule, God’s reign, is the good news we are to share everywhere with everyone.  His instruction is for our guidance.  His purpose is our direction.  His character is our aspiration.  His desire is our command.  His nature is our inspiration.  His promise is our hope.