He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. (Luke 1:32-33 ESV)
When Jesus came to earth, he came to establish his kingdom. This is no ordinary kingdom. It is hidden in the hearts and lives of those who belong to Christ. When Jesus came, he came to set up a rebellion against the kingdom of this world; the false kingdom of the enemy. C.S. Lewis states it well in one of my favourite quotes:
Enemy-occupied territory – that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage.
Let us not get caught up in becoming too comfortable in enemy occupied territory. Remember, God has us here for a mission, which, in the details, can look different from person to person. But the call to all God’s people is to love and obey Him, love others and live a life that demonstrates the holiness given to us by God through Jesus Christ. With the power and love of Christ, we will conquer the enemy and reclaim creation with Christ!
Some notes from Enemy Occupied Territory published on April 8, 2010