The Cross is the Center of the Kingdom

In a number of ways, D.A. Carson’s “The Biblical Gospel” is a very helpful paper.  One of the best quotes I got from it was:

The second peculiar feature to this kingdom is that King Jesus ‘reigns from the cross’, as early patristic writers put it. John subtly develops this theme in his passion narrative (John chapters 18–19). Pilate cannot quite grasp what kind of king Jesus is (18:36–37). Is he the kind of king who threatens Caesar (chapter 19)? If he is the king of the Jews, why do these manipulated crowds of Jews reject him as king? ‘Shall I crucify your king?’ Pilate asks them (19:15). And, of course, he does crucify him, for King Jesus establishes the peculiar nature of his kingdom by dying on behalf of his rebellious people. Pilate may not grasp the theology, but he likes the irony and posts a notice above the cross: ‘Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews’ (19:19).


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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