I’m reading through Simply Jesus by NT Wright, again, and I wanted to capture this quotation. So, I’m putting it on the blog so I won’t lose it, again.
“Here, then, is the message of Easter, or at least the beginning of that message. The resurrection of Jesus doesn’t mean, ‘It’s all right. We’re going to heaven now.’ No, the life of heaven has been born on this earth. It doesn’t mean, ‘So there is a life after death.’ Well, there is, but Easter says much, much more than that. It speaks of a life that is neither ghostly nor unreal, but solid and definite and practical. The Easter stories come at the end of the four gospels, but they are not about an ‘end.’ They are about a beginning. The beginning of God’s new world. The beginning of the kingdom. God is now in charge, on earth as in heaven. And God’s ‘being-in-charge’ is focused on Jesus himself being king and Lord. The title on the cross was true after all. The resurrection proves it.” (194-195)