Voices: The Kingdom of God Runs on Love

In yesterday’s sermon, I talked about the fact that on the cross, Jesus won a victory over sin, evil, and death by the power of love. Here’s a summary by N. T. Wright:

“And that victory is won not by superior power of the same kind but by a different sort of power altogether. We know what the power of the world looks like. When push comes to shove, as it often does, it is the power of violence, using the threat of pain and death. It is, yes, the power of tanks and bombs, and also of guns and knives and whips and prisons and barbed wire and bulldozers. Weapons to destroy people’s lives; machines to destroy their homes. Cruelty in the home or at work. Malice and manipulation where there should be gentleness, kindness, and wisdom. Jesus’s power is of a totally different sort … The kingdoms of the world run on violence. The kingdom of God, Jesus declared, runs on love.” — N. T. Wright [1]

[1] N. T. Wright, Simply Good News: Why the Gospel is News and What Makes It Good (New York: Harper Collins, 2015), 43-44.