In Jesus’s day, it was in the air—a collective desire that nearly everyone in Judea and Galilee felt. A thousand years had passed since God had made a promise to David, and it was the sort of promise that was only held onto because it had come from God Himself: “Your house and kingdom will endure before me forever, and your throne will be established forever” (2Samuel 7:16).
It certainly didn’t look like one of David’s descendants was poised to resurrect his father’s kingdom any time soon. Rome held the land and its people tightly. In fact, it was treason to speak of another king besides Caesar. Yet when Jesus began His public ministry, the coming kingdom was central to His message—only Jesus spoke of the kingdom as belonging not merely to David, but to God.
Jesus is the King who sits on David’s throne, but more than that, He sits at the right hand of the Father. And His kingdom is not limited to the land of Israel; it spreads across the whole earth as the gospel is preached and received, until one day when it will be said, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ” (Revelation 11:15).
Those of us who know Jesus as Lord also know the kingdom as the home we long for. In Christ, we are now its citizens (Philippians 3:20), and when He returns, we will reign with Him (2Timothy 2:12). Until that day comes, we join with David and every other faithful soul throughout history who has ached with longing for the promised kingdom.