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Tom Wright the day the revolution began. 
Throughout history we have had many key figures that have they made an impact in our world. Most of those key influences have either been Kings/queens, Warriors, activist, commanders of armies and others. Not many in our history have had more of an influence then Jesus Christ. For someone who was crucified on a cross for crime that he did not do. No one considered him to be a hero his movement was over and nothing had changed. Death in this case had had the last word and yet his death has made a difference upon this world so much so  that 2.2 billion have decided to follow. 

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Tom Wright it’s one of the leading theologians of our day and what makes him brilliant is not just his mind and his understanding of scripture but the way that he makes it accessible for those who haven’t got a PhD in theology to understand. Throughout this book what Tom wright does is look at the meaning of the death of Jesus on the cross. One of the big problems with contemporary evangelical theology, according to Wright, is that we often have part of the answer but it leads to the wrong conclusions. For example, the theology of the cross comes down to “Jesus died so you could be forgiven and go to heaven.”. As Wright points out that is not what the New Testament teaches, or at least it is not all that the New Testament teaches. So Wright goes back to Adam and Eve, right through the Old Testament and comes to the conclusion that the main sin that people have to face is idolatry. The people of God were constantly faced with the challenge of staying faithful to the one true God, Yahweh or worshipping the false gods of the nations around.

The problem with idolatry is that it undermines our calling or vocation as human beings. We were created in God’s image so how can we worship another image without damaging ourselves? For Israel, God’s covenant people, to worship other gods meant separation from God and the Land He had given them to live out their calling.

When Jesus comes on the scene, Israel has spent much of its existence either in exile or in subjection to other nations. The prophets knew that the solution they needed was national as well as individual salvation.

The cross then is not about a human sacrifice to appease an angry deity, which is what many christians think of. It is more like the one true representative of humanity (“the Son of Man” as Jesus frequently called Himself) dying for the world. He speaks of the sins of the nation, especially its idolatries, being heaped up and falling on Jesus.

A revolution of love, self-denying and sacrificial love, brings a new rule in the world- the Kingdom of God. This Kingdom, launched by Jesus’ death on the cross, sets us free to see and experience the true God and to follow in His ways.

The death of Jesus on the Cross at 6 pm on Good Friday is the start of the revolution. His resurrection before dawn on Sunday is the first sign that God’s kingdom of life, love and forgiveness is here.

Wright says that the gospel is bigger than “we get to go to heaven”. The true gospel message is that the Kingdom is here and God is overturning everything that is based on human idolatry, including relationships, politics, oppression and self-worship. Yes we get to live for ever in the new heavens and the new earth, but the Kingdom is more than that.