Sermon: “Behold, Your King is Coming” (John 12:12-26)
God reveals the wisdom of his heavenly kingdom through the cross. God’s heavenly kingdom operates on a different economy that does not clamor for earthly, temporal power and wealth. More importantly, God’s heavenly kingdom does not demand righteousness from filthy rags of human good works. Instead, the righteousness that God seeks is a righteousness that God himself provides through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus—righteousness that we receive by faith.
God’s heavenly kingdom is therefore at work in this world, in the midst of those who believe the gospel; however, the kingdom of God is not visible in the power, wealth, and glory of this world. As King Jesus himself explained, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you” (Luke 17:20–21). His spiritual kingdom is invisible, hidden, secret, and confounding to the world that expects Jesus to establish a temporal kingdom. Therefore, Jesus is building a misunderstood kingdom.