17 July 2013

A Changed Universe and The Way Forward

The prophets pointed to the Kingdom ahead--the one that would come.
Whereas they were always expecting Christ, we of (post-Resurrection period) are always remembering the present Christ.

The uniqueness of Christ crucified and risen from the dead contains majesty inherent in it that cannot be undone... it is not merely factual, it is true, it is eternal.

It is not simply world-changing—it is universe-changing.”
- JS Whale

(Still) when we give heartfelt allegiance to that which is not God, we progressively cease to reflect the image of God. 
(And, though we were) made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we settle for pleasure. Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance. Made for relationship, we insist on our own way. Made for beauty, we are satisfied with sentiment. 

(Yet, with Christ's resurrection) the new creation has already begun. The sun has begun to rise. Christians are called to leave behind all that belongs to the brokenness and incompleteness of the present world.

That is what it means to be Christian: to follow Jesus Christ into God's new world, which he has thrown open before us.

It is central to Christian living that we should celebrate the goodness of creation, ponder its present brokenness, and, insofar as we can, celebrate in advance the healing of the world, the new creation itself. 

Art, music, literature, dance, theater, and many other expressions of human delight and wisdom, can all be explored in new ways.

 - NT Wright