In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." (Matt. 3:2)
From that time on [after Jesus had heard of John's imprisonment] Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." (Matt. 4:17)
"As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven is near.’"
Near is not a time element: Near is an element of distance.
What does "kingdom" mean?
Are we in the kingdom of God now?
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as You will." (Matt. 26:39)
This is republished from The Real Teachings of Jesus