Jesus wasn’t hitching a ride back to his home in the sky, or taking the escalator to the ‘upper floor’ – This was about ascending a throne.
Jesus’ Facebook page is out of date – otherwise we might be able to prove he was alive. The first witnesses, though, saw his new life as proof of something more.
When you try to separate Jesus’ crucifixion from his teachings on non-violence, you overlook a critical aspect of his death.
Jesus’ good news has always made the powers-that-be uneasy…and so it should!
Maybe we ought to rethink the ‘gospel’ we’re spreading – if for no other reason, because it doesn’t resemble the real good news that Jesus announced.
We shouldn’t reduce the Kingdom of God to a safe haven from the fires of hell. It’s so much bigger.
Cracking open some cold ones by the Olympic-size pool at your heavenly mansion? Amen and amen! But we should be more invested in seeing heaven come to earth.