Jesus often said, “The Kingdom of God is near.” That kingdom is what He came to bring – to us – so it shouldn't surprise that it was a favourite topic.
And what did Jesus mean by God's kingdom?
Well, certainly peace was central to what He was talking about.
An all encompassing, overall state of well-being. Peace is at the core of what Jesus brings with His forgiveness and salvation.
Peace with God. An intimate, healed and forgiven relationship with one's Creator.
God's kingdom means justice and love – on earth as it is in heaven – regardless of how other people choose to live. As the angel promised when Jesus was born:
"Shalom on earth to all who obey Him."