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Kingdom Life

It's Jesus. All Jesus. Luke 22.28-30

Pray Psalm 110.1-3.
The LORD said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”
The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion.
Rule in the midst of Your enemies!
Your people shall be volunteers
In the day of Your power;
In the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning,
You have the dew of Your youth.

Sing Psalm 110.1-3.
(Aurelia: The Church’s One Foundation)
“Sit by Me at My right hand,” the LORD says to my Lord,
“until I make Your foot stand on all who hate Your Word.”
From in His Church the Savior rules all His enemies;
while those who know His favor go forth the Lord to please.

Read Luke 22.1-30; meditate on verses 28-30.


1. What did Jesus bestow on His disciples?

2. What did receiving that entail?

The reference here to Daniel 7.13-27 is clear. Jesus receives the Kingdom upon ascending to the Father, and He bestows that Kingdom on all saints, here represented by the disciples. We mistake Jesus’ intentions here if we only apply this teaching to the disciples. He would later command them to teach us everything He had revealed to them, including the teaching of these verses.

We only possess and advance the Kingdom through trials and struggle, as Daniel foresaw and as Jesus experienced (v. 28; cf. Acts 14.21, 22)). We are truly Kingdom citizens and rulers when we endure those trials without complaints, but for the sake of the Gospel and the Kingdom.

In the Kingdom we enjoy the fellowship and largesse of our King (v. 29; cf. 1 Jn. 1.3, 4), and we exercise His authority to rule for the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (v. 30). Jesus alludes to Old Testament judges and kings, whose primary duty was to oversee their communities according to the Law of God, so that blessings would abound.

In the Kingdom we show the love of Christ by serving one another and bearing up under the trials of each day without complaint. Daily eat and drink in the company of Jesus, then go forth to set your world upright according to His Word. This is life in the Kingdom of God.

Treasures Old and New: Matthew 13.52; Psalm 119.162
“Love covers all sins” (Prov. 10.12).

Even after all the disciples’ inattention and bickering, their callous hearts and self-seeking ways, Jesus loved them. And taught them, and guided them, and gave them plans for their future.

“Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end” (Jn. 13.1).

And Jesus said to all His followers, “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you” (Matt. 5.44-46).

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (Jn. 13.34, 35).

“And above all things have fervent love for one another, for ‘love will cover a multitude of sins’” (1 Pet. 4.8).

“Love never fails” (1 Cor. 13.8).

Jesus was not treated well by those He came to save.
He taught us to love those who do not treat us well.

We need to have His same loving thoughts, even about those who spurned His love and concern; as some will spurn our love and concern, as well.

“But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials” (Lk. 22.28).
He thought the best of those who betrayed and left Him.

We are to do the same. His Holy Spirit will strengthen us to do just that.
“But God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us” (Rom. 5.8).

This is Kingdom Life.

For reflection
1. Only by close, consistent, deep fellowship with Jesus can we know life in the Kingdom as He intends. Explain.

2. Should we expect our Kingdom life to be as full and fruitful as it could be, if we fail to meet with Jesus to know and love Him more? Explain.

3. What we are on the outside, throughout our daily lives, is determined by what we are on the inside, in our soul. What are you doing to make sure your soul is feeding on Jesus and showing Him to your world?

These thrones are the ability to judge through the Spirit of God, in whom those sit who have the spirit of true judgment, and that is, of course, believers. They are made into spiritual people, and of all people, they are able to judge rightly. François Lambert (1487-1530), Commentary in Luke 22:28-29.8

Pray Psalm 110.3-7.
Pray for the Church of our Lord Jesus, for its trials, opportunities, health, and faith. Commit yourself before the Lord to seek His Kingdom and righteousness today in all you do.

Sing Psalm 110.3-7.
(Aurelia: The Church’s One Foundation)
Filled with the Spirit’s power, in holy robes of love,
from early morning’s hour they serve their Lord above.
Christ reigns a priest forever, the King of Righteousness
and King of Peace who ever His chosen ones will bless.

The Lord at Your right hand,
LORD, in wrath shall shatter kings,
when judgment by His strong Word He to the nations brings.
Then, all His foes defeated, He takes His hard-won rest,
in glorious triumph seated with us, redeemed and blessed!

T. M. and Susie Moore

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Except as indicated, all Scriptures are taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. For sources of all quotations, see the weekly PDF of this study. All psalms for singing are from The Ailbe Psalter (Williston: Waxed Tablet Publications, 2006), available by
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T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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