A kingdom not of this world (Jn 18:36-18:36)

“Jesus answered.

‘My kingdom is

Not from this world.

If my kingdom

Were of this world,

My followers

Would be fighting

To keep me

From being handed over

To the Jews.

But my kingdom is

Not from this world.’”

ἀπεκρίθη Ἰησοῦς· Ἡ βασιλεία ἡ ἐμὴ οὐκ ἔστιν ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου τούτου· εἰ ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου τούτου ἦν ἡ βασιλεία ἡ ἐμή, οἱ ὑπηρέται ἂν οἱ ἐμοὶ ἠγωνίζοντο, ἵνα μὴ παραδοθῶ τοῖς Ἰουδαίοις· νῦν δὲ ἡ βασιλεία ἡ ἐμὴ οὐκ ἔστιν ἐντεῦθεν. 

John uniquely indicated that Jesus gave a long answer (ἀπεκρίθη Ἰησοῦς).  He said that his kingdom was not (Ἡ βασιλεία ἡ ἐμὴ οὐκ ἔστιν) from this world (ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου τούτου).  If (εἰ) his kingdom was (ἦν ἡ βασιλεία ἡ ἐμή) of this world (ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου τούτου), his followers or attendants (οἱ ὑπηρέται ἂν οἱ ἐμοὶ) would be fighting or struggling (ἠγωνίζοντο) to keep him from being handed over (ἵνα μὴ παραδοθῶ) to the Jews (τοῖς Ἰουδαίοις).  However, his kingdom (νῦν δὲ ἡ βασιλεία ἡ ἐμὴ) was not from this earth or world (οὐκ ἔστιν ἐντεῦθεν).  Jesus admitted that he did have a kingdom, but it was not a worldly kingdom.  If it were of this world, his followers would be fighting with the Jews, so that he would not be handed over to the Romans.  Instead, his kingdom was other worldly.  Do you believe in another kingdom, not of this world?

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