Tuesday, April 14, 2009

NT Wright on Easter

Over at Euangelion, Mike Bird has reproduced a quote from an article in The Times by the Bishop of Durham entitled The Church must stop trivialising Easter - Christians must keep their nerve: the Resurrection isn’t a metaphor, it’s a physical fact. I wanted to reproduce a different part of the article (dare I say it, a better quote!):

What God did for Jesus that explosive morning is what He intends to do for the whole creation. We who live in the interval between Jesus's Resurrection and the final rescue and transformation of the whole world are called to be new-creation people here and now. That is the hidden meaning of the greatest festival Christians have.

This true meaning has remained hidden because the Church has trivialised it and the world has rubbished it. The Church has turned Jesus's Resurrection into a “happy ending” after the dark and messy story of Good Friday, often scaling it down so that “resurrection” becomes a fancy way of saying “He went to Heaven”. Easter then means: “There really is life after death”. The world shrugs its shoulders.