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After Easter: The Kingdom

Living after Easter means our lives are transformed.

It was a seminar and I would have given anything to have been there. As a teacher there are a lot of educational experiences that I would like to have been part of. Would you like to have sat with me under the tutelage of Aristotle when he pointed out the treasures of Greek thought and culture to Alexander and infected him with such a love learning that wherever he went from Macedonia to the banks of the Indus River he carried Greek culture and Greek learning with him. I'm not sure whether you would share my particular taste in wanting to have sat with William Rainey Harper at Yale a hundred years ago seven o'clock in the morning hundreds of people studying Hebrew before the rest of the curriculum began, to sit under a master teacher. Would you have desired to have been in a gymnasium in the locker room with John Wooden when he briefed Lou Alcinder and Gale Goodrich and Keith Erickson on the fine points of basketball?

These are master teachers, but nothing that they have done can compare with the seminar that's the story of this Scripture reading in Acts 1. The most intensive crammed course in human history. Jesus was the teacher teaching as he had done for three years but transformed by the glory and the power of the resurrection. The curriculum was the Kingdom of God, and that's not surprise because from the time that John the Baptist opened the door into the history of Jesus and pushed him through and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God, and spoke of the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom was the subject of what Jesus did and taught. One of the parables, the nature of the kingdom; one of the beatitudes, the lessons in the ethics of the kingdom; one of the miracles of Jesus, the demonstration of the power and renewal of the kingdom. ...

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David Hubbard served as president of Fuller Theological Seminary for 30 years. His books included contributions to the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary series.

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Introduction

I. The certainty of the kingdom

II. The power of the kingdom

III. The scope of the kingdom

IV. Five responses to the kingdom

Conclusion