Week 5: Seeing the New Kingdom of Jesus in the Old Testament Prophets

Each of us has countless phrases or words we might use to describe our identity and our place in the world—but the remarkable work of God’s Kingdom is that it produces a new identity in us! This identity shapes how we live here on earth and when Jesus restores all of creation in His New Kingdom in the future as well.

This week’s readings reveal to us how the prophets described this New Kingdom. It is a Kingdom that exchanges our old, worn rags into beautiful, fine garments and a Kingdom of full citizenship for all of God’s people. This Lenten season, we live in the “now and not yet,” seeing glimpses of this New Kingdom at work through the Holy Spirit’s presence in God’s people. Yet we also wait for a future Kingdom that will be like a refreshing, stream of life-giving water forever.