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Kingdom of God - A Lenten Devotional

John the Baptist burst onto life’s stage shouting, “Repent! For the Kingdom of God is at hand.” Jesus entered soon thereafter, proclaiming the same message. But what exactly is the Kingdom of God, and why does it require repentance?

Years later, as they spread the good news of the Kingdom of God across the Roman Empire, Paul and Silas visited Thessalonica. Upon arrival, a large mob came looking for them, declaring, “These men who have turned the whole world upside down have come here also” (Acts 17:6). What was it about the message of the Kingdom of God that turned the whole world upside down? Was the “Kingdom of God” talk only applicable to those original first century hearers? Or is it relevant for you and me, here and now?

Since Lent stands out as a time for both repentance and preparation—culminating in the coronation of the Kingdom of God’s King, Jesus—Lent is the perfect time to spotlight the Kingdom of God. Each devotion unfolds a portion of the Bible’s story, peeking at how its central theme (the Kingdom of God) weaves its way throughout, changing everything.

Grab a cup of coffee. Invite a friend along on the journey. Step into the Kingdom of God this Lent.