(If you’re just joining us, you’ll need to start with Part One for the series to make sense.)
Over the last two weeks we worked our way through Israel’s defining story, seeing their hope for a true return from exile in which all of God’s promises would be fulfilled, and they would experience God’s righteous rule. (Rather than this half-way house of being back in the land, still finding it impossible to follow God from the heart, and being ruled by foreigners who didn’t know God.)
Yesterday, we saw how Jesus symbolically reenacted Israel’s wilderness-wandering history, and how his first words in each of the Gospels declared that he was bringing about (at long last) the end to the exile and the beginning of God’s reign. But was he just another madman who’d drunk too much Messiah-juice? Or was he, finally, the real deal? Today, we see how he backs up his outrageous claims with equally outrageous actions.