Before we go on to Christendom in the time of Constantine, we see that John the Baptist announces the messiah’s coming by preaching repentance of sin. Jesus’ first words out of His mouth were;
‘The time is accomplished, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe the gospel.’ Mark 1:15
When Jesus preached the kingdom of God, He meant first of all an interior conversion in our soul when we allow God to dominate our soul, mind and being. His kingdom is also intellectual ideas and new ways on how we can live in the world but not of the world. These seeds Jesus spread by His preaching, began to grow slowly in souls and started changing society.
Jesus also taught us the Our Father that says, ‘Thy Kingdom come’. His kingdom and the Father’s are one.
When Jesus dies as a looser king, the good thief on the cross asks Him; ‘Lord, remember me when thou shalt come into they kingdom’. And Jesus responded that ‘Today you shall be with Me in paradise’. The kingdom Jesus preached already present in the people who had opened their souls to His word, now is established in a more extensive way by His death on the cross. He rules after conquering death and the devil.
The last book in the New Testament, The Apocalyse, (or Revelation), also reveals Jesus as a triumphant King, (once slain and who now lives), who is now very different from His humble appearance in the Gospels. Now He is awesomely powerful. He is now served, obeyed and adored by everyone in heaven. This book of Apocalyse clearly state the He will come back to earth to destroy all evil for good.
The New Testament show three kingdoms, the devil’s, the Jewish and the Roman. Since the Jews would not accept Jesus to be their king, (and instead, had Him tortured to death by the Roman Kingdom), Jesus foretells their total destruction. Their kingdom would die.Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD.
In Jesus’ parable on the vineyard leased out to tenants, He forecast that God would kill the bad tenants, (the Jewish religious leaders), and lease it out to new tenants. We will see this under Constantine.
We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics who want Jesus to rule over us.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.