hope…past, present, future…

I’ve just started to read N.T Wright’s ‘Surprised by Hope‘.  I’m more than likely to do quite a bit of this, but here’s a quote I want to record for future pondering:

Easter was when Hope in person surprised the whole world by coming forward from the future into the present. The ultimate future hope remains a surprise, partly because we don’t know when it will arrive, and partly at present we only have images and metaphors for it, leaving us to guess that the reality will be far greater, and more surprising, still.  And the intermediate hope – the things which happen in the present time which implement Easter and anticipate the final day – is always surprising, because, left to ourselves, we lapse into a kind of collusion with entropy, acquiescing in the general belief that things may be getting worse but that there’s nothing much we can do about them.  And we are wrong.  Our task in the present…is to live as resurrection people in between Easter and the final day, with our Christian life, corporate and individual, in both worship and mission, as a sign of the first and a foretaste of the second. (my emphasis).  N.T. Wright, ‘Surprised by Hope’ p40-41; London:SPCK 2007

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2 thoughts on “hope…past, present, future…

  1. Reading the hope for the future quite made me feel irritated, and I couldn’t figure out why for a while.

    I’ve figured out why though. I think it’s too easy to equate this future hope with the person of Jesus, rather than Jesus being a person who worked closely with this hope.

    The hope is more than a person. It’s a world and society and technology and science and games and feasting and arguments and gaining and losing and making and breaking.

    1. I don’t disagree with what you describe hope as, but at the same time am completely comfortable with Hope being what we understand God to be. Therefore if I believe that Jesus is part of the trinity and is therefore Hope embodied, then it works, for me, at least. So Jesus was Hope, is Hope and will be Hope. As are his followers meant to be. Does that make sense?

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