In this audio talk, John Bettler argues that we often encounter unsettling events in our lives that expand our worldviews: We must consider scenarios previously outside of our imaginations when faced with tragedies. Other times, the expansive categories we have are narrowed down through experience. God’s kingdom is an upside-down kingdom; one that consistently challenges our assumptions. In this passage, the Kingdom of God comes by force. What kind of violence is spoken of in this passage, is it an active or passive violence? Bettler examines three ways that the Kingdom of Heaven violently overtakes this world: 1.) Through our expectations (Matt. 11:2-6) (Jesus violently overthrows John’s expectations), 2.) It makes over our vantage-points (our position from which we view the world – our assumptions) (Matt. 11:16-19), and 3.) Our allegiances (Matt. 11:25-30).
Key Scriptures: Matthew 11; Isaiah 35:5-6