The Politics of God: The Way to the Cross

Eugene C. Kreider

Article Type: Texts in Context

Publication Date: 10/1/1986

Issue: Romans (Vol. 6, No 4, Fall, 1986)

For Luke, the end is not tragedy. God is working out salvation for people living in the world here-and-now as well as in the hereafter. Luke gives the inaugural statement of the earthly program of the Kingdom of God in 4:14-30, quoting Isaiah 61:1-2, “good news to the poor...release to the captives...sight to the blind,...liberty [for] those who are oppressed.” In that very historical process, and not in spite of it or apart from it, God’s Kingdom would be revealed in Jesus’ ministry. Throughout the gospel Jesus does not wait for approval from all the people. His actions bring both rejection and expressions of faith. Ultimately, in Luke’s telling, we have the disclosure of the freedom of the Messiah and the Kingdom to work salvation in the world, as it unfolds in Jesus’ way to the cross.

Download Article PDF