By Tim Keller | Listen | 40m
Published in February of 1997

SUMMARY: Teaching from Luke 23 pastor and theologian Tim Keller says that Jesus was political and not political at the same time because Jesus’ definition of power is different from the world’s. True power, as interpreted by the world, consists of coercion and power over people while actual power lies in changing people from the inside and self emptying.

KEY QUOTE: “If Jesus Christ had given you a political agenda, so you could accept or reject, he is not really the king then – you are the king. How in the world could you possibly know what the world needs before you know him? Jesus Christ doesn’t give you that political agenda because he says I want you to deal with me first. He is ambiguous so you can really make him boss. So that when you come to him you see his whole new approach to power works itself out in your life and of course it is going to change you. I have never seen anyone whose politics were not changed, one way or another by Jesus — no matter who you are.”

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