What kind of Kingdom was expected in first century Israel? How did Jesus meet that expectation, or fail to meet it?
As both scholar and church leader N.T. Wright has a unique perspective. Wright is considered a top 10 Bible scholar of the last 50 years, and he was the 4th most senior Bishop in the Anglican Church. His sermon Jesus in the Perfect Storm addresses the first century expectation and hope of their Jewish Messiah and King.
“The crowd went wild as they got nearer. This was the moment they’d been waiting for. All the old songs came flooding back, and they were singing, chanting, cheering and laughing. At last their dreams were going to come true.
But in the middle of it all their leader wasn’t singing. He was in tears. Yes, their dreams were indeed coming true. But not in the way they were imagining.
He was not the king they expected. Not like the monarchs of old, who sat on their jewelled and ivory thrones, dispensing their justice and wisdom. Nor was he the great warrior-king some had wanted. He didn’t raise an army and ride to battle at its head. He was riding on a donkey. And he was weeping, weeping for the dream that had to die, weeping for the sword that would pierce his supporters to the soul. Weeping for the kingdom that wasn’t coming as well as the kingdom that was. read full article here