The Kingdom begins with His death.

Jesus’ rebuke to the unseeing pair on the road to Emmaus was not that they had been looking for a kingdom, and should not have been.  Their fault  is that, just like Peter at Caesarea Philippo, they were failing to see that the suffering of the Messiah is the inauguration of the kingdom.  “Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”  “Glory” here cannot mean the ascension, which has not been recounted yet… Might it not then mean…that the cross itself is seen as fulfilling the kingdom promise?  Here at the cross is the man who loves his enemies, the man whose righteousness is greater than that of the Pharisees, who being rich became poor, who gives his robe to those who took his cloak, who prays for those who despitefully use him.  The cross is note a detour or a hurdle on the way to the kingdom, nor is it even the way of the kingdom; it is the kingdom come.

— John Howard Yoder, The Politics of Jesus (p.51)

(Yes, I’m being proactive with my schoolwork–school doesn’t start until Wednesday.  We’ll see how long this lasts.  I have 5 books to read by the end of September/beginning of October, on top of daily text reading for classes and Hebrew memorization, so I had better become a proactive person.)