Not From Here

John 18:33-37:

Pilate said to Jesus, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?” Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not here.” So Pilate said to him, “Then you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”


When Pontius Pilate is questioning Jesus one on one, Jesus makes a few things clear for the Roman Prelate; including that Jesus’ “Kingdom does not belong to this world.”  In other words, He was telling Pilate, “I’m not from here.”  It’s critical for all of us to know that none of us are “from here”.  We were all formed in Heaven by God and sent into this world to fulfill God’s Mission Plan – a Plan that is unique for each and every one of us.  Just like Jesus Christ, we were sent to this world with a Purpose.  How well we fulfill that Purpose really depends upon how much we’re willing to let the Eternal General’s Commands direct our actions during the actual Mission.  Our Spiritual Wars against satan are all-out Missions to deepen the Fruits of the Spirit in each and every one of us while “Awaking” as many of our other comrades in the Spiritual Army of God; an Army that’s landed here for an even Greater, Collective Purpose.  You see, Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches.  Just as the Body needs all of its parts in order to function, Jesus reminds us that we all need each other to fulfill our individual Missions – whether or not we like it and/or we like each other.  God is Love and Love is Greater than “like”.  So, let’s be sure to remember that we’re all “Citizens of Heaven” already and let’s Love like Jesus did – no matter what the costs of Loving recklessly in this world – the cost of not doing so could be Eternal damnation, but the reward for Loving others like Jesus does (the 2nd Greatest Commandment) is Eternal Life with Jesus and the rest of the Heavenly Hosts and God’s Infinite Army in Heaven.

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