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Drama of Scripture Act 4: the king arrives


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Slides for a talk on the Drama of Scripture based on Bartholomew and Goheen's excellent book of the same name.

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Drama of Scripture Act 4: the king arrives

  1. 1. Part 3 The King arrives: Redemption accomplished
  2. 2. <ul><li>Act One : God Creates His Kingdom </li></ul><ul><li>Act Two : Rebellion in God’s Kingdom </li></ul><ul><li>Act Three : Promise of Restoration of Kingdom: </li></ul><ul><li>Israel’s Mission </li></ul><ul><li>Act Four : Kingdom Restored: Jesus’ Mission </li></ul><ul><li>Act Five : Kingdom Tasted and Displayed: </li></ul><ul><li>Church’s Mission </li></ul><ul><li>Scene 1: Church Begins Its Mission to the Nations </li></ul><ul><li>Scene 2: Our Place in the Story: Church Continues </li></ul><ul><li>Act Six : Consummation of God’s Kingdom </li></ul>
  3. 3. Living at the Crossroads Western story Modernity collapsing into postmodernity Biblical story Creation, fall redemption
  4. 4. 70 Monarchy Northern Kingdom Southern Kingdom Israel Judah Assyrians Babylonians Persians Greeks Romans 400 NT Patriarchs
  5. 5. God made Adam bit Noah arked Abraham split Joseph ruled Jacob fooled Bush talked Moses balked                        Pharoah plagued People walked Sea divided Tablets guided Promise landed Saul freaked David peeked Prophets warned Jesus born God walked Love talked Anger crucified Hope died Love rose Spirit flamed Word spread God remained The Bible in Fifty Words
  6. 6. Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never travelled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself... One Solitary Life
  7. 7. While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth – His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Twenty long centuries have come and gone, and today He is a centerpiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress.
  8. 8. I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of humanity upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life. ( Dr James Allan Francis)
  9. 9. In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, “ Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near. ” Matthew 3:1,2 - John the Baptist From that time on Jesus began to preach, “ Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near. ” Matthew 4:17 As you go, preach this message: “ The kingdom of heaven is near. ” Matthew 10:7 to the disciples
  10. 10. Matthew Jesus as King Mark Jesus as a servant Luke Jesus as a human John Jesus as God
  11. 11. Jesus Prepares for His Kingdom Mission <ul><li>Early years </li></ul><ul><li>John the Baptizer prepares the way </li></ul><ul><li>Baptism of Jesus </li></ul><ul><li>Descent of Spirit </li></ul><ul><li>Temptation </li></ul>
  12. 12. Jesus’ Public Mission <ul><li>Obscurity </li></ul><ul><li>Popularity (Galilee) </li></ul><ul><li>Opposition </li></ul><ul><li>Jerusalem </li></ul>
  13. 13. Jesus’ Kingdom Mission <ul><li>Announces arrival of the kingdom: </li></ul><ul><li>The reign of God is already present. </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 12:28 </li></ul><ul><li>The reign of God has not yet arrived in fullness. </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 6:10 </li></ul>
  14. 14. This age The age to come Overlap: Already but Not yet The age to come This age
  15. 15. Jesus’ parables The kingdom is now The kingdom is not yet
  16. 16. Jesus’ Miracles The kingdom is now : it is announced with mighty deeds The kingdom is not yet : shows that all is not as it should be
  17. 17. Jesus’ Miracles Naturalism: world is normal - miracles are abnormal Christianity: world is abnormal - miracles are normal
  18. 18. ‘ Redemption in Jesus Christ reaches just as far as the fall’ Al Wolters Creation Regained
  19. 19. We privatize this mighty work of grace and talk as if the whole cosmic drama of salvation culminates in the words ‘for me; for me. Lesslie Newbigin
  20. 20. Christus victor Jesus defeats Satan Penal substitution Jesus satisfies God’s wrath Moral Example Jesus shows us how to love and trust God Moral Influence Jesus shows God’s love to us US US SATAN GOD
  21. 21. Re demption storation conciliation
  22. 22. &quot;X&quot; Structure at Core of Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) <ul><li>It is cosmic in scope </li></ul><ul><li>It vindicates creation </li></ul><ul><li>It deals with the consequences of the fall </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>It is cosmic in scope </li></ul>
  24. 24. Colossians 1 <ul><li>the image of the invisible God; </li></ul><ul><li>the firstborn of all creation; </li></ul><ul><li>the creator of the heavens and earth; </li></ul><ul><li>the means of, and the reason for, the creation of all things; </li></ul><ul><li>the pre-existent one; </li></ul><ul><li>the sustainer of all things; </li></ul><ul><li>the head of the church; </li></ul><ul><li>the firstborn of the dead; </li></ul><ul><li>the fullness of God. </li></ul><ul><li>‘ to reconcile all things [Gk: ta panta ] to himself, making peace through the blood of the cross’. </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>15 He is the image of the invisible God, </li></ul><ul><li>the firstborn over all creation. </li></ul><ul><li>16 For by him all things were created: ... </li></ul><ul><li>all things were created by him and for him. </li></ul><ul><li>17 He is before all things, and </li></ul><ul><li>in him all things hold together. </li></ul><ul><li>18 And he is the head of the body, the church; </li></ul><ul><li>he is the beginning and </li></ul><ul><li>the firstborn from among the dead, so that </li></ul><ul><li>in everything he might have the supremacy. </li></ul><ul><li>19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, </li></ul>Colossians 1: 15 ff
  26. 26. 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things , whether things on earth or things in heaven , by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross .
  27. 27. <ul><li>It vindicates creation </li></ul><ul><li>It deals with the consequences of the fall </li></ul><ul><li>It is cosmic in scope </li></ul>
  28. 28. Jesus died to restore His creation... ...we participate in that new creation as we trust in Christ.
  29. 29. Resurrection of Jesus <ul><li>Jesus: Dawning of new creation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Firstborn from the dead (Rev.1:5) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First fruits (I Cor. 15:20) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resurrection in three stages: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus (Mk. 16:1-8) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Church: Resurrection life in foretaste (Romans 6:1-14) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Church and creation (1 Cor. 15:12-28; Rom.8:18-25) </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. Go into all the world ( kosmos ) and proclaim the gospel to all of creation ( ktsis ) Mark 16:15
  31. 31. Where are we? We are in a purposeful, lawful creation. Who are we? We are the image bearers of God. Why are we here? To subdue and rule the creation as stewards of God. To develop and unfold God’s good creation To play our part in God’s developing story What’s wrong? We are in a fallen distorted and broken world What’s the remedy? Redemption and restoration through Jesus Christ