We’re considering How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels by N. T. Wright. It’s another marvelous book by a man who just keeps turning out marvelous books.
Near the end, Wright explains the meaning of God becoming king through the cross.
First, the way we have normally listed options in atonement theology simply won’t do. … [O]ur questions have been about a “salvation” that rescues people from the world, instead of for the world. … In all four gospels … the cross is the victory that overcomes the world. … [T]he idea of messianic victory as a fresh interpretation of an ancient Jewish theme is precisely what the four gospels have in mind.
Second … Jesus, for them, is dying a penal death in place of the guilty, of guilty Israel, of guilty humankind. …
Third, if the cross is to be interpreted as the coming of the kingdom on earth as in heaven, … then the four gospels leave us with the primary application of the cross not in abstract preaching about “how to have your sins forgiven” or “how to go to heaven,” but in an agenda in which the forgiven people are put to work, addressing the evils of the world in light of the victory of Calvary.
And this brings us to —
The one who sits in heaven is the one who rules on earth. He therefore sends out his followers, equipped by his own Spirit (if the ascension located a part of “earth” in “heaven,” Pentecost send the breath of heaven to earth), to celebrate his sovereignty over the world and make it a reality through the founding of communities rescued by his love, renewed by his power, and loyal to his name. Jesus’s followers, equipped with his Spirit, are to become in themselves, individually and together, little walking temples, rescued themselves from sin through Jesus death, and with the living presence of God going with them and in them.
40 million babies lost to Gods great orphanage,
It’s a modern day genocide and a modern day disgrace
If this is a human right then why aren’t we free?
The only freedom we have is in a man nailed to a tree.
100 million faces, staring at the sky,
Wondering if this HIV will ever pass us by.
The devil stole the rain and hope trickles down the plug,
But still my Chinese take away could pay for someone’s drugs.
Our God reigns,
Our God reigns,
Forever your kingdom reigns.
The west has found a gun and it’s loaded with ‘unsure’
Nip and tuck if you have the bucks in a race to find a cure.
Psalm one hundred and thirty nine is the conscience to our selfish crime,
God didn’t screw up when he made you,
He’s a father who loves to parade you.
Yes he reigns, yes you reign, yes you reign,
For there is only one true God,
But we’ve lost the reins on this world,
Forgive us all, forgive us please,
As we fight for this broken world on our knees.