No kingdom works very well if the citizenry thinks they know better than the ruling king. The cross of Calvary is the epitome of this. The Pharisees and scribes thought they knew better than Jesus (Jn. 7:15, 26).
The question as to who possessed divine authority…the ruling religious elite in Jerusalem…or the miracle working Jesus of Nazareth…ultimately hinged upon who possessed the higher social status according to worldly conventional normalcy and thinking.
But during the time of the ministry of Jesus Christ…even people who had Isaiah 53 memorized word-for-word…did not see the cross of Calvary coming.
Jesus can command loyalty and obedience from the people of faith He enlists into journeys of faith…because as the King of heaven He gives Himself sacrificially as the Passover Lamb for us at Calvary.
When this is combined with the displacement of our ways with God’s ways in a journey of faith…this is too much to expect in a humanly invented fiction…if God is actually not at home according to atheism and religious skepticism.
When we look at the Bible through the self-centered lens of the expectations and aspirations of worldly conventional normalcy and thinking…of what is in it for us…of what belief in God can do for us…we will miss the displacement component altogether of God’s ways removing our ways…as evidence of the divine origin of the biblical narrative stories of faith.
But if we look at the Bible through the lens of Jesus Christ as sovereign King and Ruler of the realm…then everything challenging and difficult in the called-out people of faith’s lives make perfect sense…because the scenario of events and the purpose behind each storyline changes 180 degrees into being about what we can do in service to the King…according to His plans and direction (Jn. 15:14-16).
The most radically unconventional thing in the entire universe is that when we are called-out into a God-composed journey of faith…we are called-out to serve a King…the King of Isaiah 9:6…Jesus Christ.
The reality of this in the biblical narrative stories of faith, and in the lives of tens and hundreds of millions of people from Abraham onward down through history…who have experienced a biblical quality walk of faith…is simply nonsensical if in fact God does not exist…if God is a fiction.