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Matthew 17:20-21

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.


Jesus had just demonstrated the difference between being healed and being made whole. There were ten lepers healed and only one returned to give thanks and as a result the one was made whole. Immediately thereafter Jesus begins to preach that the Kingdom of God cometh not with observation but rather is within us.

One out of ten lepers recognized that their healing had come from Jesus and not because they were the most devoted one in the temple that got all of the religious devotions perfectly right. It was in fact Jesus that sent the ten lepers to the temple to show themselves to the priest. He did not send them to get their cleansing however. He had already healed them. He was sending them as a witness that the Kingdom of God is within and not in observation of religious practices. There certainly is nothing wrong with religious practices however it is a grateful relationship with Jesus Christ and not a relationship with an institution that brings us to the Kingdom of God.

It is one thing to know who Jesus is and an entirely different thing to surrender our life to Him and allow Him to establish His Kingdom in our life and be the one who rules and reigns in that Kingdom.

The Kingdom of God is within. Surrender your life to Jesus Christ, the King of that Kingdom and and you will discover not just being healed but being made whole.