NT Wright and the answer of the cross
Back when I lived in Toowoomba I happened to do an eschatology unit in a correspondence course, and reading Tom Wright on the physicality of the new creation was one of those really helpful ‘aha!’ moments in my own theological thinking. In fact, I’ve now lost count of the the number of times I’ve handed out the link to this interview in Time magazine. I was very glad, then, to read Rachel Held Evan’s crowd-sourced interview.
What I really appreciated about his responses was that he just keeps coming back to God’s actions in Jesus. For example, I love his response to the problem of evil (mainly because it’s very similar to my usual response!):
My view is that when God called Abraham he knew he was going to work through flawed human beings to bring about redemption . . . and that the fault lines run forward then all the way to the cross, the most wicked thing humans ever did and the most loving thing God ever did. Once we figure out how all that works (probably never!) we will understand the rest.
He’s absolutely right: when we look at the cross we see the most evil action in history, and yet we’re told that God willed that which he hated, the crushing of his beloved son ( Isa 53:10)! God allowed the most hateful act in history in order to achieve the most glorious redemption. We cannot fully comprehend it, but when we look to questions of evil, and sovereignty, we must look to the cross. After all, all of God’s promises find their ‘yes’ in Jesus (2 Cor 1:20).