On the Precipice of Annihalation

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!

Resurrection implies a reordering of power, an apocalyptic upheaval of the world, an inversion of the pyramid of privilege, so that those ruled over in fear are raised to reign in divine glory. The resurrection of Jesus to kingship means the supplanting of all kingdoms that compete with it. Paul celebrates that a person put to death by Roman authorities as a royal pretender had been brought back to life by Israel’s God and is now installed as Lord of God’s coming kingdom. Jesus’ sonship belongs within a matrix of kingship, resurrection and kingdom that meant that everything that Rome stood for was on the precipice of annihilation.

“One Who Will Rule Over Nations” Bird, Michael F. in Jesus Is Lord, Caesar Is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies (eds Modica, Joseph B., and Scot McKnight). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2013. 156.

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