After the End: An Easter MeditationApril 06, 2015
by William Edgar
As a child at the movies, I always wondered what happened after the final embrace. Where did the drifter go after he rode off into the sunset? What does the bad guy in jail do for the rest of his life? Movie endings are often so good that if we imagine the next scene, there is bound to be a letdown. Did the young couple set up a household, pay bills, send their kids to school? Did the drifter stop drifting and settle into middle class life? Would the prisoner learn to cooperate with his warden? After the buildup of the story, the increasing tension, and the height of the conflict, the end comes with no potential for anything more.
One could think it would be the same for the death, the resurrection, and the ascension of Jesus Christ. How could anything be added to that dramatic pinnacle? After a long, long wait, Jesus came to die and be raised up. “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law…” (Galatians 4:4) “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things…” (Hebrews 1:1-2) Indeed, in one critically important sense, Christ’s work is finished. He appeared “once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself, and after that comes the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:26) What comes next, except the end of the world?
A Protestant’s Passion for the Virtues of ThomasApril 01, 2015
by Carl Trueman