Life after life after death

I have been trying to wrap my brain around this statement made by N.T. Wright in regard to resurrection. This afternoon I was studying Walter Brueggemann’s “Interpretation Genesis” for the series we are teaching on Sunday mornings. As I was reading the commentary on the text from Chapter 16 -18 Brueggemann (speaking of the promise) states:

“At the end of 18:15 there is still no resolution. The promise is still in limbo. Sarah is still without child. The whole narrative presses to the birth in chapter 21. The task of the exposition is to portray the anguish of these texts. That anguish turns out to be labor pain, but that is not known here. These texts present the creation “groaning in labor…groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as children, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we are saved ” (Romans 8:22-24). These first parents of faith might well have made that same statement. The story of their lives is the story of hopeful but impatient groaning as they wait for the redemption of their bodies and of their history.

I wrote in the margin of my book — this is it, this is life after life after death…then I typed in my notes…how did we lose this ultimate hope in our teaching in the church…how did this core Christian tenet of faith get reduced to “going to heaven when I die”

I am thinking about this a lot as we journey with Jesus through Lent and to Easter…contemplating on Resurrection and what that means for us today – how do we re-imagine our faith around that story…

Then I read the following from Bob Hyatt’s blog and it came just a bit clearer. N.T. Wright in Time Magazine makes it pretty clear. What do you think?

One Reply to “Life after life after death”

  1. i just got his book ‘surprised by hope’ in the mail and i cannot wait to dig in!

    in other articles i have read, i think he has done a beautiful job of grounding this with what scripture witnesses to.

    truly, i think what has happened is that for ‘children’s sunday school’ they wanted to offer cheap-and-easy answers that rip it out of its context…and now many have carried those cheap-and-easy answers into adulthood. look at the stories from sunday school that people are merely repeating: ‘going to heaven when you die’; the story of david and goliath (sling-shots were weapons and slingers were a crucial part of ancient military…it wasn’t just a kid’s toy);

    we are seeing the fruits of Sunday school cirricula. to me, this re-emphasizes that we need to listen to the questions and instruct our children rather than provide cheap-and-easy answers that actually keep them from living in a place that they are mostly comfortable living: with mystery and paradox and beauty. i am afraid that we ‘teach’ them right out of it…

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