The Jews expected God’s kingdom to come to earth and replace the current kingdom with its human rulers. It was therefore a bit of a surprise when Jesus taught that the new kingdom was being inaugurated, but the old kingdom had not yet passed away. We live in a period of two kingdoms: a kingdom of darkness and a kingdom of light.
As Jesus died on the cross the veil in the temple was torn in two. This is a symbol of one of the Bibles central events.
In the film the Matrix, Morpheus offers Neo the choice between a red pill and a blue pill. The blue pill will cause him to forget the conversation and return to his current illusion. The red pill will show him the truth. It may be easier to live with the illusion, but most of us would rather know the truth. This may be fiction, but we have a similar choice to make. Reality is not where we think. It is time to choose: the red pill or the blue pill?
The Gospels are sometimes compared with a necklace, where each story is a pearl. We have spent so many years examining the pearls that many have lost sight of the whole necklace. This is the whole story Mark wrote down…
I suppose it had to be someone’s fault. It always is. Maybe this is being unfair. Either way, the story of the kingdom starts with Adam. He was given a simple choice: eat from the tree of life and live, or eat from the tree of knowledge and die. How can anyone get it wrong? But he did. Big time. And we have continued to get it wrong ever since. There has always been more to this choice, which is, of course, where the kingdom comes in.