Well, let me finish up by connecting the Kingdom of God to Holy Communion. In verse 23, Matthew writes…Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
What does Matthew say Jesus is preaching here? The “good news” of the Kingdom. The phrase “good news” is where we get our word “gospel.” And the Kingdom of God ultimately cannot be understood apart from the good news or gospel of Jesus Christ.
The good news is what God has done… through his Son… to reconcile sinful, lost and broken people to himself. God sent Jesus, as his name implies, to save us from our sin. The Kingdom can’t be properly understood apart from this.
God’s Kingdom ultimately turns all other kingdoms upside-down and not only offers us salvation through Christ, but also sets patterns, attitudes, and behaviors for the citizens of the Kingdom.
With the coming of Jesus came the beginnings of the Kingdom of God. But the Kingdom won’t be fully consummated and enjoyed until Christ returns and we’re gathered to him. Theologians call this living between the “already” and the “not yet.” The Kingdom is present in our midst, and yet, it’s not all that it will one day be.
This “not yet” aspect of the Kingdom is perhaps why Jesus, while he was still with his disciples at the Passover meal, told them…
Luke 22:15-18 – …”I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.  For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you.  For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
Part of our understanding of the Lord’s Supper, which we’ll be celebrating in just a few minutes, includes not only looking back to what Christ has done for us (which, of course, it does include). But it also emphasizes looking forward… forward to that day when we’ll be dining with our King at the heavenly banquet that he’s prepared for us.
And so… today… as you come to receive his body and his blood, by all means give thanks to your Savior for what he’s done on your behalf. Of course, thank him for his outpouring of grace in your life in the here and now. But come also with the hopeful and grateful expectation of the fulfillment of his Kingdom, when we will eat and drink with our Lord and King.
Thanks be to God.
Grace and Truth,