Is the kingdom of God like anything we know?

No, Jesus said, the kingdom of God is not like anything we know. “My kingdom is from another place,” John 18:36. It’s from another dimension. It’s “not of this world” (same verse), so it’s not like anything we’d recognize or be able to describe. It’s beyond the reach of our technology too, because in John 8:21 Jesus said, “Where I go you cannot come,” because, verse 23,  “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.”

Our world and the kingdom of God are two separate worlds, two entirely different dimensions, one “below” and one “above”, and according to Jesus there’s no connecting link in between. We can’t get from below to above, we’re stuck at this level. But here’s Jesus, like some alien invader, telling people he’s come from this other dimension, this other place, that we can’t see or get into.

It’s not surprising, therefore, that people had trouble accepting him. I’m sure I’d have trouble too if someone told me he’s from another world – unlike anything I could even imagine – but, he assures me, he’s able to morph into a human and enter our world. “Oh yeah?” I’d probably think to myself, despite having watched many a movie with aliens quite capable of entering our world and morphing into human-like beings. But when it actually happened in the person of Jesus, and an alien from another dimension really did enter our world as one of us, the reaction has mostly been, “Rubbish, Jesus was just another great teacher who may or may not have existed, and if he did exist he certainly wasn’t anything more than an exceptional version of one of us.”

We’re quite accepting of the possibility of alien invaders from outer space, but don’t include Jesus as one of them. But that’s what he was. He was an alien invader from another world, beyond outer space, who morphed into one of us so cleverly he could slip away unnoticed in a crowd. He didn’t have glowing laser eyes, or bellow like a 20 metre tripod from War of the Worlds, he was as human as we are. But right after he told people, “God’s kingdom is here,” a man yelled out to him in Mark 1:24, “Have you come to destroy us?” like Jesus was an alien invader. And then the man shouts, “I know who you are – the Holy One of God!” like Jesus was from another dimension. It was the beginning of many more strange things about to happen that stamped the kingdom of God as an alien invasion from another dimension, unlike anything we know.

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