Jesus is distinct from any other political leader. He is God in the flesh. He is a coming King. He will bring earthly powers into account. He will win the final victory. It’s not unusual these days to hear people ask, “Is this the end times.” Maybe. God tells us what will happen as human history draws to a close. And it’s worth being informed.

Discussion Questions

Take time to read the lengthy passage in Acts 1:1-11. Pay special attention to the references to “kingdom” and to Christ’s return. How might those two subjects relate?

This series, The Politics of Jesus, has been a series about the kingdom of God. Revisit Matthew 18:36-37. What kingdom is Jesus describing? In what sense is that kingdom operative now?

Why are subjects like the end of the world, end times, or the return of Jesus interesting for so many people? How would you describe your interest or lack of interest in this subject matter? Why?

Read 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18. These verses are believed by many to describe the rapture of the church (note the word “caught-up”). What are the details of this event as described in these verses? (Notice how God tells us about the believers’ deliverance from God’s wrath in 1 Thess. 1:10 and 5:9)

Notice the description of Jesus’ final victory in Revelation 19:11-16. What will that day be like?

How does anticipating the final victory brought about by Jesus Christ help you live now in a society of confusion and unrest? How can you be salt and light to a world living in darkness (Matthew 5:13-16)?

Further Reading

A Model Citizen

More than almost anything else, Jesus talked about the Kingdom of God and that it was now available to everyone. He explained that those who trust Him become citizens of that Kingdom. Jesus also compared the Kingdom to a great treasure that someone would sell all they...

The Kingdom of God Now

The kingdoms and empires of this world are small compared to God’s kingdom. God’s kingdom is active now. It sometimes operates in obscurity and ordinariness. It is unseen but real nonetheless. And God invites us to participate in this kingdom—to make seeking His...

Vote for Jesus

It seems clear that Jesus wants to shape culture. To ultimately transform the conscience and morality of a people. His disciples anticipated that Jesus was about to establish a political machine capable of toppling the Roman Empire. But that’s not what Jesus did. The...