Let’s take the upside down nature of the kingdom of God a bit further.
If I understand authors like N.T. Wright and Gregory Boyd, here’s why they are suggesting that the holy war of God is a real battle— waged in terms and drama that are understood only by seeing the Lamb-like heart of a Lion.
According to the book of Revelation, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah wins heroic standing by his surprise unveiling as The Lamb of God. His strategy of victory succeeds not by conventional machines of war, but by The Word of God who comes into the battle with the Sword of truth coming from his mouth.
The mother of all battles is a war of deception waged by the Great Deceiving Serpent who has misled the world— as he did in the Garden by accusing our Creator of not being as good as our first parents had been led to believe.
By allowing himself to be crucified, Jesus appears to have lost the battle, only to reappear as God’s ultimate answer to the challenge of his goodness.
The Lion of the tribe of Judah wins the war of deception by accepting a crown of thorns, and by becoming the Lamb of God who— in being known, defeats the lie.
While I don’t know how far to press this explanation of our Lord’s crucifixion as the key to understanding the Revelation of the goodness of the King and kingdom of God, there is so much here that seems undeniable—I am beginning to wonder…