Passage: Luke 17:20~25  

Key verse: 21b

1. The kingdom of God is within you (20-21)

The Pharisees thought they had a first class ticket to heaven. Jesus told them that the kingdom begins with God's rule within men's hearts. Those who only think about eating, drinking and getting married, who leave no room in their hearts and lives for loving and obeying God, will be swept away with unbelievers on the day of judgment.

2. The Son of Man will come like lightning (22-25)

Jesus' disciples long for God's kingdom to come. False messiahs down through the ages have tried to take advantage of this longing. But God's people must not be deceived. When Jesus comes again everyone will know it. First, Jesus must die on the cross for the sins of the world. Then, the gospel of salvation must be preached to the ends of the earth. One who gives his life to Jesus for his use seems to lose a lot. But only one who loses his life for Jesus' sake will save it.

Prayer: Lord, let your kingdom come in my heart, so that I may be ready to welcome you joyfully when you come again.

One Word: God's kingdom begins within