David Brandt Berg
After Jesus appeared to His disciples, He sat down and He ate and He drank with them (Acts 10:41). He said, “Touch Me, feel Me. See that it is I. A spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have” (Luke 24:39). You notice He didn’t say blood.
Why didn’t He say blood? Here are some scriptures about blood that give a hint. “The life of the flesh is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11,14). “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 15:50). We know Jesus had flesh and bones, but He didn’t say blood. And Paul said, “Flesh and blood shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
But apparently Jesus didn’t have any blood. “The life of the flesh is in the blood,” and although He had flesh, He didn’t have that kind of life, the fleshly type of life, the natural elements which keep us alive in the physical realm, in this flesh we live in today.
We’re going to look a lot like we do now, only better! We’re going to have flesh that looks like this flesh and feels like this flesh, but it’s not going to have this kind of life.—Not the kind of life that blood gives, which is not eternal life. It’s not everlasting life, a spiritual type of life that’ll keep you living forever; it’s a temporal, earthly form of life energy that keeps us alive now as we are in the flesh.
The flesh of today has to have blood to live, but our regenerated and resurrected flesh, our new body, will not need any blood. We will have some type or form of energy which will not need blood, although we’ll have flesh that looks like the flesh we have today.
So you won’t need any blood, but you’ll still have some kind of flesh and bones, some kind of physical structure that keeps you together in a nice packaging like you have today, only better and everlasting. You’ll never wear out, think of that! There’s some type of energy which is not blood and does not require blood; it is apparently spiritual. But you can eat and drink if you want to. We’re going to sit down and eat and drink in the kingdom of God as Jesus did with His disciples when He appeared to them.
He ate with them several times. One time, when He appeared in the upper room and said, “A spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see Me have,” He sat down and ate with them (Luke 24:41–43). Another time He broke bread with the disciples after the walk down the road to Emmaus. They didn’t recognize Him until after He broke bread (Luke 24:30–31). Another time He fried fish for the disciples on the shore of Galilee when they were out fishing (John 21:12–13). Wasn’t that nice of Him? And He probably ate with them, since He could. It would’ve been impolite not to eat with them. It was always a sign of friendship and peace to share bread and wine with guests or family.
Whether the Lord fulfilled that “drinking of the wine in the kingdom of His Father” or not when He drank wine with the disciples after He was resurrected from the dead depends on whether you think that was the fulfillment of the kingdom. Of course, the kingdom is not completely fulfilled until it is real and visible and tangible right here on earth in the Millennium, the kingdom of Christ. It’s not yet fulfilled.
The kingdom of God today is within you, but are you in the kingdom? Jesus said the kingdom is within you and the kingdom of heaven is at hand, so apparently it was already within some of them or He wouldn’t have said that. But in the sense of being in the kingdom, do you think they were in the kingdom yet? It depends on what you call the kingdom.
If you’re talking about the spiritual kingdom of Christ, His Spirit in your heart, this is definitely the kingdom of God, and it’s within you right now. We certainly won’t be in the visible literal kingdom of Christ until He returns. You’re in His kingdom now spiritually, but the literal kingdom is not yet fulfilled, so you’re not in that kingdom yet.
When Jesus died and was resurrected, the kingdom had already begun. That’s why He and the apostles were preaching during His life and just before His death that “the kingdom of God is at hand!” It’s about to begin. You had better repent! It began with Jesus’ resurrection.
The kingdom of God on earth began with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And where is it today? You say, “I don’t see much kingdom of God. It doesn’t look like the kingdom of God to me!” I do, I see it right here! I see it in you. “For the kingdom of God cometh not with observation” (Luke 17:20). Why? Because the kingdom of God, Jesus said, is within you.
The kingdom of God is in you (Luke 17:21). You are the kingdom of God. “It cometh not with observation.” We didn’t see Jesus go into our heart, and we didn’t see the Holy Spirit come into our spirit and life. But you can sure see the difference afterwards! It doesn’t come with observation, but you can sure see it after it has come. People talk about the way they see it in our faces, in our eyes, our smiles; they say they see something different. It’s Jesus, the kingdom of God.
Jesus sat down and ate and drank with them after His resurrection because the kingdom had arrived. And you are it. And it’s spreading all the time, growing all the time, more and more around the world.
Have a good time right now in God’s kingdom, while you’re waiting for Jesus to turn the whole world into His kingdom come.
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