I’m taking a couple of days to pull out some quotes from an article on Lesslie Newbigin by Tim Suttle. Newbigin comes up a lot here because, well, the whole missional theology movement owes a lot to his application of mission to the life of the church and his understanding of mission as being at the very heart of God. The article is a good read. I learned quite a bit. But let me pull out a couple of quotes and encourage you to go read what Tim Suttle says:
“On the critical day of the ministry of Jesus he rode on a donkey into the city to die, and Christians affirm that that death was the victory of God over all the powers of evil… What is unique is that this victory which has for human eyes the appearance only of a defeat, was manifested as a victory through that event—the resurrection of Jesus, the empty tomb, and his appearance to his disciples—given to a small chosen community prepared to be the trustees of it, not as public truth in the same sense that the crucifixion was (which would have meant the last judgment and the end of the world) but as a truth committed to those who would bear witness to it in such a manner that God would win his victory over human souls not by the sheer coercive power of almighty God, but by the appeal of the love of one who so loved us that he gave himself for us. And, that thereby, a space has been created within history—a space for grace—during which the will of God may be known, but the judgment of God is held back in order that there may be time for repentance.”
“The resurrection is the revelation to chosen witnesses of the fact that Jesus who died on the cross is indeed king – conqueror of death and sin, Lord and Savior of all. The resurrection is not the reversal of a defeat but the proclamation of a victory. The King reigns from the tree. The reign of God has indeed come upon us, and its sign is not a golden throne but a wooden cross.”
Yet more good stuff.