Kingdom of God 4

Today’s text is Matthew 11:2-6. John the Baptist, in prison, gets disciples of his to find Jesus and ask Jesus if he is “the one who is to come” or not. (Note: “the one who is to come” is from Malachi 3–4, and it is possible that Jesus actually says “no, I’m not that one [Read More...]

Kingdom of God 3

Kingdom of God is the central vision of Jesus, and today we want to look at the Beatitudes in Luke 6:20-26. It is tempting to expand such a consideration, and look at all of the Sermon on the Mount/Plain. I’ll leave that to you. In the Beatitudes of Luke (Matthew’s differ slightly, and we’ll avoid [Read More...]

Kingdom of God 2

What did Jesus mean by “kingdom of God,” and what did he have in mind — in real world living — when he packed his vision into this expression? A good place to start is with Luke 4:16-30. I’ll cite here the pertinent verses. When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, [Read More...]

The Kingdom of God 1

Kingdom of God is Jesus’ favorite expression for his mission and his aim. But what does it mean? Scholars have gotten trapped into two boxes. First, many are preoccupied with the issue of time: did Jesus think the Kingdom was imminent, inaugurated, or entirely in the future? Far too often what that question of time [Read More...]