Friday, October 7, 2011

Where's Jesus?

To confirm further that most Christians today tend towards a Platonic/Gnostic rather than Biblical understanding of things, we ask another question, where is the resurrected Christ currently? Most Western Christians say, "everywhere" or "somewhere" but haven't thought that intentionally about His raised body. Jesus is raised on the third day and later ascended to heaven to the right hand of the Father. So the answer is that Jesus is at the right hand of the Father in the heavenlies, but that's not all. Also, Jesus is in His fully embodied and risen state right now this moment. Listen to Wright here:

The idea of the human Jesus now being in heaven, in his thoroughly embodied risen state, comes as a shock to many people, including many Christians. Sometimes this is because many people think that Jesus, having been divine, stopped being divine and became human, and then, having been human for a while, stopped being human and went back to be divine (at least, that’s what many people think Christians are supposed to believe). More often it’s because our culture is so used to the Platonic idea that heaven is, by definition, a place of “spiritual,” nonmaterial reality so that the idea of a solid body being not only present but also thoroughly at home there seems like a category mistake. The ascension invites us to rethink all this; … Surprised by Hope, p. 111

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