Monday, February 02, 2015

Another look at peace

For Luke as for Rome, to be the Lord of all is to be the “peacemaker.” But the respective ways in which they construe this role could hardly be more different. For Luke and not for Rome, the paxof the dominus mundi [lord of the world] is the kind of humble service that accepts its own suffering and death. The particular challenge entailed in the Roman emperor’s claim to be the κύριος πἀντων [lord of all] thus turns out to take the form of a violent refusal of the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the primacy of peace that is manifested in the willingness to serve God rather than humans through trial, suffering, and death.—World Upside Down, page 115

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