When God chooses not to tell us everything, he shows us more mercy than we realize. On the Mount of Olives with Jesus, just before his ascension to the Father, one of the disciples asked a question that must have been on everyone's mind: "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts 1:6).
It had been a long wait. Two thousand years had passed since God promised to give Abraham a seed that would bless all the families of the earth; 1,500 years had passed since God told Moses that a great prophet would arise to lead the people, and a thousand years had passed since God promised to place an eternal heir of David upon the throne.
Now, after Jesus's triumphal resurrection, they finally understood why the King had to suffer and die before the kingdom could really come. Jesus was the sacrificial Lamb of God whose death would atone for all the sins of all his people for all time.
It all made glorious sense.
So the stage looked set. Having conquered death, this King was invincible. What threat was the Sanhedrin or Herod or Pilate or Caesar? Surely the time had come for the long-awaited King to assume his earthly reign, right?
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