The Violent Lay Claim To It
“Truly I say to you, Among those who have been born of women there has not risen a greater one than John the Baptist. But the least in the kingdom of Heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of Heaven is taken by violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matthew 11:11-12)
For a Christian, there are many buzzwords to describe this violence, for “the violent lay claim to it”.
pressing into the kingdom
storming the Kingdom
the zeal of a zealot
not leaving without the blessing
the strength of Sampson to right a wrong
the determination of Naomi to not let her love be severed
the sacrifice of Jonathon to give his life for a friend
Straining toward the goal
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect, but I am pressing on, if I may lay hold of that for which I also was taken hold of by Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 3:12)
Resist sin unto blood
“For consider Him who endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest you be weary and faint in your minds. You have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin”. (Hebrews 12:3-4)
John Wayne, pressing in, riding a horse, True Grit, ready for battle.
The violence of obtaining the kingdom