The kingdom of God was the central message of Jesus’ ministry. When He began His earthly ministry, He preached, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). As of that moment, Satan had authority over the earth (Matthew 4:9; Luke 4:5–6). Jesus was declaring that the coming of the kingdom of heaven, the awaited time of God’s rule and reign over the earth, was near. Later, on the cross, Jesus disarmed the demonic rulers and authorities and was victorious over them (Colossians 2:15). Right before His ascension and enthronement in heaven, as King and Ruler, Jesus commissioned His disciples to continue to advance His kingdom. In today’s lesson, we will glean some thoughts on the kingdom of God from Jesus’ Great Commission.