FOR THIS I CAME

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John 18:36-37 (NIV)

Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.

Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

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He did not paint a Utopia, far off and unrealizable–he announced that the Kingdom of Heaven is within us, and is “at hand” and can be realized here and now. He did not discourse on the beauty of love–He loved. We do not find him arguing that the spiritual life should conquer matter–He walked on the water. He greatly felt the pressing necessity of the physical needs of the people around Him, but He did not merely speak in their behalf–He fed five thousand people with five loaves and two fishes.

-E. Stanley Jones, The Christ of the Indian Road

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