“Jesus's resurrection is the beginning of God's new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord's Prayer is about.”
― N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church
I meet with a small group of ladies every Tuesday night-sometimes we can't all be there at the same time. *footnote* Last week no one could come so I had a "Fringe" night with the fam and went to bed at 9:30! =)
Anyway, last night we read all of the resurrection accounts from the 4 gospels. It was invigorating to see all the different sides of the same story. Like the colors from a cloud depending on which way the light hits.
I'm not a NT scholar nor am I well-read in theology, but I was struck by personalities in the gospel accounts. Peter who rushes out from the boat to see Jesus. Thomas who won't entertain the thought of a risen Jesus until he actually sees with his own eyes the marks from the nails and the gash in his side. I was also struck that in Luke, Joanna is one of the women mentioned. (Who is SHE?) And in Mark, Salome is named both at the foot of the cross and at the tomb with the others. I find myself playfully asking, "H-o-w many w-e-r-e there?" in that Kindergarten teacher voice. Regardless of the varying accounts our discussion yesterday centered around the truth made clearer by the viscosity. Or rather, because of the variance in the gospels, the truth seems more real because of the real people involved and their real personalities with different perspectives. I often am humored by the disciples' rivalry. However, I'm sure Mary, Martha, Joanna, and Salome along with others had similar discussions in hushed tones about their proximity and value to Jesus. It's not right to project here, but I can imagine those terse conversations!
My prayer is that I will surrender my will to God so that His will may be done in my life here, where I live and breath. No matter what country I may happen to be in. That God would order my comings and goings and be in the work I set my hand (or voice to).
"Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."