Acts of Advent 6

The first act of advent, which we looked at last week, is “adoration,” the second act of advent is activism. By that I mean this: a genuine commitment to the advent vision of the Bible is a commitment to active participation in the vision of advent.

A good place to begin our “activism” actions is with the words of the angel to Mary in Luke 1:

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”

The activist vision of advent is a kingdom vision — a kingdom marked by this: Jesus Christ is the Son of the Most High God, Jesus Christ will reign on the Davidic throne, and his kingdom will never end.

The activist vision is a vision to work for the kingdom of God, the kingdom where Jesus Christ is the King.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • David B. Johnson

    Scot,
    How do we sort out what it looks like “to work for the kingdom of God, the kingdom where Jesus Christ is the King?” I don’t think I know many Christians who would disagree with your vision, but how that vision takes shape will be up for debate. Does it mean voting for the “Kingdom Candidate” (whatever that means) and legislating morality? Does it mean door-to-door evangelism? Does it mean feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and visiting the prisoner? How do we determine what is the best way to embody the activist vision of the kingdom?

  • Scot McKnight

    David,
    Stick with us this week … but the point today is that kingdom can’t be severed from Jesus Christ.


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