The Realness of God’s Kingdom

In the bread and wine of the Lord’s supper, God gives us a foretaste of the kingdom that he’s promised us. The kingdom of heaven that he’s promised to us is as real as the bread and wine that we taste at the Lord’s supper! The bread and wine at the Lord’s table are sort of like products that have been imported from the kingdom of God, so that we can get a feel for how real, how good, God’s kingdom is!

Remember what Moses had those 12 men do, whom he sent to explore the land of Canaan (Number 13). He said to them:  Bring back some of the fruit of the land. And that’s exactly what they did. When they reached the Valley of Eshcol, they cut off a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes. Two of them carried it on a pole between them, along with some pomegranates and figs. And when these 12 men came back, they had proof of the goodness of that land. They reported to Moses and Aaron and the whole assembly, we’re told, and showed them the fruit of the land. They said:  We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is the fruit. The Israelites could literally pluck the fruit of the land that God had promised them, and taste it for themselves!

Now that’s exactly what God lets us do at the Lord’s supper: he lets us pluck the fruit of God’s kingdom, and taste for ourselves what we may enjoy to the full in the future! In fact, remember what Jesus said when he instituted the Lord’s supper: I tell you, I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom (Mark 14:25; Luke 22:18). What he meant was this: as surely as you have drunk this wine with me here and now, so surely will you drink with me in my Father’s kingdom!


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  1. The enemy wants us to abstract away these tangible things, and to otherwise lose assurance. Jesus left this world, but He established for us the scripture, the preaching of the Word, and the comfort of the Spirit.

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