(Excerpts from the
Conclusion of The Kingdom Strikes Back, an electronic book from the
The Kingdom strikes back -- Signs of the Messiah at
by Howard Culbertson
"Jesus said His kingdom would appear insignificant as it emerged.
The Kingdom would at first, He said, seem no more than a tiny
mustard seed. Not at all impressive. Old Testament prophets
predicted people wouldn't even recognize the Kingdom at first.
Isaiah, for instance, said that the Messiah would be
"despised and rejected" (Isaiah 53:3). Jesus came to a
people who were expecting a Messiah to appear. Many of them,
however, did not recognize Him; He just did not seem impressive
To some looking on today, God's kingdom may not inspire awe.
Don't be caught napping. The Kingdom is present. It is growing
in presence and power. I've glimpsed some mighty Kingdom feats
in Haiti. Today the Kingdom is at work there as well as
elsewhere. In Haiti, the Kingdom is giving sight to the blind.
It is cleansing the lepers, making the deaf to hear, and making
the lame to walk. Most important of all, the Kingdom is giving
the Good News to the poor.
As I've watched the Holy Spirit at work in Haiti, I always come
away reassured that on the day of the Resurrection, Jesus will
remove all disorders and blemishes from our bodies. He will
clothe us in immortal health, beauty, and glory That's our hope.
This brutal, cruel world will pass away. It will be replaced by
a reign of peace. Defaced beauty will be restored. Wounds will
be healed. All sorrows will be lifted.
Around the globe, we're getting a foretaste of this. Christ is
at the Father's right hand. Today the Lord of Lords and King of
Kings offers His invincible power to His Church.
The Messiah has come. We have seen the signs of His work. The
Kingdom is striking back."
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