LISTEN: N.T. Wright Says the Church Often Misses Something Important About the Crucifixion of Christ

Professor N.T. Wright of St. Andrews University in Scotland is no stranger to academia or the church. After publishing over 75 books and serving as the Bishop of Durham, Prof. Wright is a respected as a learned voice in the Christian world. His latest book is called The Day the Revolution Began.

Key Questions:

When we look at look at Jesus’ crucifixion and we take into account Israel’s story, what did the cross of Christ achieve?

What has the church done right in the area of evangelism?

What can we learn from the early church that connects with what we’re dealing with in the world today?

Key Quotes:

“The role of humans is to reflect God’s image into the world and to reflect the praises of all creation back to God in articulate and glad worship and praise.”

“Humans were made to stand at the cusp, to stand on the edge of heaven and earth and belong in both. Because God wants to belong in both and God calls humans to bear his image.”

“God has to deal with human sin in order to rob the idols of their power so that then new creation can begin. That is the story that the New Testament is telling.”

“The call of Abraham in Genesis 12…is God’s means of putting right the problem of Adam.”

“Jesus comes as Israel’s representative Messiah in order to do for Israel and the world what Israel and the world couldn’t do for themselves.”

“The story of Israel is the story of how the creator intends to rescue the creation. The story of Jesus is how God comes in person to rescue Israel in order to achieve that ultimate end.”

“This is the problem, that we have traditionally, in the west, taken phrases which belong in Jewish eschatology and we’ve turned them into platonic cosmology.”

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SOURCE: Jason Daye 
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