Recently I was in Disney World, courtesy of my son, to celebrate his 30th birthday. One can’t help but be amazed at the logistical immensity of operating such an extensive enterprise. We were told the park filters 12 million gallons of water a day. One night to avoid traffic, we drove through the maintenance area, where we observed a warehouse of 75 bays which receive trucks supplying the park with its 3 million pounds of eggs per year, as well as its 194,000 miles of yearly bathroom tissue requirements. I was also impressed how so much of Orlando has been transformed since the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971 – hotels, stores, restaurants, and 72 million visitors per year – making the airport the most utilized in the USA. And it will intensify: when Star Wars opens in December, in anticipation of 7-hour wait lines one may reserve “restroom passes” now, so that you can step legitimately out of line when needed.
All of this, because one man, Walt Disney, had a vision for families to enjoy life, in a place, the entrance of which has a large marquee across the road, which says “Where Dreams Come True.”
But as enjoyable, impressive, and amazing as a visit to the House the Mouse built may be, it still is all fantasy (except for the zoological research and other reality-based endeavors). With all due respect to the Disney organization and its 60,000 employees, nothing cannot compare to the Real Kingdom that Jesus has been ruling over for 2000 years. This is a kingdom one enters into NOW: Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” The one who is born again enjoys the rule of the King NOW: For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” The believer expresses that rule NOW in all relationships and vocations. “Therefore, let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.” In addition, nothing can hinder this Kingdom’s expansion to all the peoples of the world: “Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”
Understandably, admission to Disney World is expensive – think of the cost of the aforementioned logistics! However, admission to the Kingdom of God is free – one must believe one is born outside of the Kingdom by natural birth, and unable to enter on one’s own merits or religious affiliation. Instead, “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Jesus means we must humble ourselves and look for reconciliation to God only by faith in Christ’s merits – His crucifixion which wipes away the stain of our guilt and debt, and His perfect life applied to our enemy status.
This all happens by the work of the Holy Spirit in regenerating our hearts, and transferring us from this world’s dark kingdom to the kingdom of light in Christ. Has that happened to you? One cannot purchase this admission; and there are no fast passes to bypass lines. There is only the need to ask God for the salvation He offers as a gift. Those who have prayed find “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Unlike the fantasy of Disney World, this is reality – because of Jesus life, death, and resurrection. If you desire to know more about this matter of salvation, please contact us – we would love to share the “good news” of the Real Kingdom with you.