God’s purposes for creation and for his people are found in Jesus

Posted: April 20, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, The Christian Life

When Jesus of Nazareth stood in his hometown synagogue and read of the kingdom of God, the concept was hardly new. What was new, enough to provoke a violent riot, was Jesus’ declaration that the kingdom of God had shown up, and that the Day of the Lord was here (Luke 4:16-30). Jesus’ hearers understood how insane and megalomaniacal it sounded for Jesus to identify himself with the coming of God’s new order. They wanted the glory, power, and security of the kingdom, but with Jesus merely a means to that end.

But Jesus didn’t back down. Everywhere he went he announced the kingdom, and demonstrated its arrival by turning back the curse in all its forms. He is unperturbed by evil spirits, natural forces, and biological decay—they retreat at the sound of his voice. Why?Because, as he put it, “if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you” (Matt. 12:28). As the King, Jesus reestablished human rule over the angelic and natural orders by living out the destiny his fallen ancestors had forfeited. He established himself as a wise ruler with dominion over his own appetites, with a will, affections, and conscience directed by his Father instead of the “god of this age.” Free from the one power evil spirits have over the image-bearers of God—the accusation of sin (John 14:30)—he walked through human suffering, temptation, and the curse of death itself to wrest humanity from the Accuser’s fingers.

read the whole article here by Russell Moore

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