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Jan 2021

His Kingdom Now Is Come (Behold! Behold!)

Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” – Luke 17:20–21

This Sunday, we will be introducing a new song to our gathering, His Kingdom Now Is Come (Behold! Behold!) by Brian Nhira, Isaac Wardell, Leslie Jordan, Lorenzo Baylor, and Paul Zach, featured on the album Justice Songs by The Porter’s Gate. It begins with an allusion to the opening chapter of the gospel of John, moves into a prophecy found in Isaiah 40, then ends with proclaiming different names of God consistent with his character as we look forward to the “day of the Lord.” Throughout all this, we are encouraged to “Behold,” a word used hundreds of times throughout scripture, which means “to fix the eyes upon; to see with attention; to observe with care.” Here are the lyrics with scripture references:

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome (John 1:5)
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome
Behold, behold, His kingdom now is come! (Matthew 6:10; Luke 17:21)

The valleys will be lifted, and the mountains will be brought down low (Isaiah 40:4; Luke 3:5)
The valleys will be lifted, and the mountains will be brought down low
Behold, behold, His kingdom now is come!

Hear the voice cry from the highway, “Make way for the Prince of Peace!” (Isaiah 40:3; Luke 3:4; Isaiah 9:6)
Hear the voice cry from the highway, “Make way for the Prince of Peace!”
Behold, behold, His kingdom now is come!

God of justice, righteous Judge: behold, behold, behold! (Isaiah 30:18; Psalm 7:11; Psalm 50:6)
Our Defender, Prince of Peace: behold, behold, behold! (Psalm 18:1-3; Isaiah 9:6)
Father to the fatherless, our strong Deliverer: behold, behold, behold! (Psalm 68:5; 140:7)
He’s troubling the water, and we’re marching through (John 5:7-9; Exodus 14:21-22)
Behold, behold, His kingdom now is come!
Behold, behold, His kingdom now is come!

You can listen to His Kingdom Now Is Come (Behold! Behold!) by watching the video below, and you can purchase and download the full song by clicking here. I pray that as we sing this song on Sundays, we would behold with all humility, and anticipation, and excitement the age that is to come, and respond with fruits of confession and repentance.

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