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Have you ever considered how much of Jesus Christ's message revolves around leadership?

His gospel, the good news of the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:14-15 Mark 1:14-15 14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent you, and believe the gospel.
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), centers around two major aspects of leadership. One is how this world will be transformed by right leadership—the leadership He will exercise as King of Kings at His return.

You've probably read the famous prophecy of His coming in Isaiah 9:6 Isaiah 9:6For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
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: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

But have you focused on the next verse? “Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever” (New International Version, emphasis added throughout).

At the heart of Christ's gospel is the message that He will return to to earth establish the Kingdom of God as a literal world-ruling empire, saving the human race from the cumulative effects of several thousand years of bad leadership.

The prophet Daniel saw, in vision, God the Father giving this Kingdom to Jesus Christ: “Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:14 Daniel 7:14And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
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A second major aspect of Christ's good news is the awesome future in store for those who surrender their lives to Him now and learn the right kind of leadership. To them He offers this promise: “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne” (Revelation 3:21 Revelation 3:21To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
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). And also: “He who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations” (Revelation 2:26 Revelation 2:26And he that overcomes, and keeps my works to the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
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; see also Daniel 7:27 Daniel 7:27And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
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The message of good news that Jesus brought isn't well understood. He promises a future not of sitting around heaven playing harps, but of a paradise on earth, with the world transformed by right leadership— His right leadership first and foremost, but also the right leadership of those who will reign with Him in justice and righteousness.

Will you be a part of that fantastic future? You can if you begin to learn the kind of giving, serving leadership He requires of His followers: “Whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:26-28 Matthew 20:26-28 26 But it shall not be so among you: but whoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
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This is the kind of leader God wants to see. He wants us to truly love our neighbors as we love ourselves. He wants leaders who are motivated by outgoing, outflowing love for others—the kind of love described by Christ in John 15:13 John 15:13Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
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: “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.”

Jesus exemplified this kind of leadership by laying down His life for others, giving of His time, energy and love to others in the wonderful works He did. As described in this issue, this is the kind of leadership He will show to the entire world in the not-too-distant future.

And best of all, He wants to share it with you! Will you take Him up on His offer? GN