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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Resurrection!

As Easter is pretty much round the corner, I'll be posting some stuff up to help us think about the resurrection in particular and exploring what it means for us and the world. We can sometimes focus so much on the Cross (which is absolutely crucial!), that the resurrection can sometimes seem like a "and they lived happily ever after" type ending. Yet is is absolutely crucial in the plan of God to renew the world.

So to kick us off, here's a quote from Tom Wright, the Bish of Durham..


(T)he resurrection stories in the four Gospels aren't about going to heaven when you die. In fact, there is almost nothing about "going to heaven when you die" in the whole New Testament. Being "citizens of heaven" (Philippians 3.20) doesn't mean you're supposed to end up there. Many of the Philippians were Roman citizens, but Rome didn't want them back when they retired. Their job was to bring Roman culture to Philippi. That's the point which all the Gospels actually make, in their own ways. Jesus is risen, therefore God's new world has begun. Jesus is risen, therefore Israel and the world have been redeemed. Jesus is risen, therefore his followers have a new job to do. And what is that new job? To bring the life of heaven to birth in actual, physical, earthly reality…Jesus' resurrection is the beginning of God's new project, not to snatch people away from earth to heaven, but to colonize earth with the life of heaven...With Easter, God's new creation is launched upon a surprised world, pointing ahead to the renewal, the redemption, the rebirth of the entire creation.

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