By Lesslie Newbigin
Presently ahead of he died in February 1998, Lesslie Newbigin recorded a sequence of 8 15-minute talks, pitched at a well-liked point and entitled "A stroll throughout the Bible". This quantity collects the 8 talks.
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He makes no distinction between himself and them. He is part of Israel. He is identified with Israel in its sin. He is numbered with the transgressors. John, as we know, resisted, but Jesus insisted and so went down into the waters of the Jordan and received from John the baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. html[21/04/11 12:58:19 PM] next page > page_51 < previous page page_51 next page > Page 51 launch Jesus on his public ministry. ' And he received from heaven that anointing of the Holy Spirit which Ezekiel and the prophets had promised: the Holy Spirit of power to bring in the kingly reign of God.
It is rather silly to suggest that it arises because of our modern scientific knowledge. The fact that people who have been dead for three days don't rise again on the third day was well known long before the invention of computers. No! The Church has always recognized that this is something utterly unique, something which cannot be explained in terms of the ordinary laws of physics and chemistry. But there is one analogy for it, one other fact which cannot be explained by the laws of physics and chemistry and biologyand that is the fact of creation, the fact that a world has come into existence.
And so he comes back from the desert, back to his native Galilee and makes this great ringing announcement: 'The time has come. The kingdom of God is at hand. ' 'Well, what is new? Every devout Jew knows that God reigns! It's what he sings in the temple every sabbath. ' 'But where is it? '' 'You don't see it because you are looking the wrong way. You are expecting something different. Turn round, repent and come with me. html[21/04/11 12:58:21 PM] next page > page_53 < previous page page_53 next page > Page 53 Because the truth is that Jesus himself is the presence of the kingdom.