The Upside-Down Kingdom by Donald B Kraybill

By Donald B Kraybill

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Amid a squabble over power, Jesus reminds the disciples they have continued with him in his trials (Luke 22:28). Throughout his ministry Jesus faced political alternatives which threatened to derail his upside-down commitment to suffering love. To grasp the nature of the upside-down kingdom, we must explore the three right-side-up alternatives: mountain, temple, and bread. Only as we see what Jesus rejected, can we know what he affirmed. The temptations provide an overview of the social setting of Jesus’ ministry.

The resistance movement pulsated largely among the common folk. Meanwhile, the upper crust of Jewish leaders, living in Jerusalem, collaborated privately and silently with the Romans. 48 The Upside-Down Kingdom The momentum of resistance turned more violent in the years after Jesus’ death. , dagger men (Sicarii) appeared. Their cutthroat tactics involved selective assassinations and kidnapping. Their targets: high priests and other top Jewish leaders in cahoots with the Romans. E. and eventually plunged into armed combat in Jerusalem.

Why worry about a cross? Go for it Jesus. ” 56 Temple Piety 57 Thirty-Five Acres of Piety What lay beneath the temple temptation? The temple was the pinnacle of religious life, the very heart of Jewish worship, ritual, and emotion. The temple at Jerusalem stirred passions. It was shrouded in mystery and awe. It was the seat of wisdom, law, and Scripture. It housed the one Jewish altar on which the high priest performed the sacrificial rites of atonement once a year for the entire Jewish world. Here and only here was forgiveness possible with the proper sacrifice.

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