Jesus Is Coming – Plant a Tree!

An article by N.T. Wright;

“We have declared, in the Nicene Creed, that Jesus Christ “will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom shall have no end,” but neither mainline Catholic nor mainline Protestant theology has explored what exactly we mean by all that, and we have left a vacuum to be filled by various kinds of dualism. In particular, Western Christianity has allowed itself to embrace that dualism whereby the ultimate destiny of God’s people is heaven, seen as a place detached from earth, so that the aim of Christianity as a whole, and of conversion, justification, sanctification, and salvation, is seen in terms of leaving earth behind and going home to a place called heaven.

So powerful is this theme in a great deal of popular preaching, liturgy, and hymnography that it comes as a shock to many people to be told that this is simply not how the earliest Christians saw things. For the early Christians, the resurrection of Jesus launched God’s new creation upon the world, beginning to fulfill the prayer Jesus taught his followers, that God’s kingdom would come “on earth as in heaven” (Matt. 6:10), and anticipating the “new heavens and a new earth” (Isa. 65:17, 66:22; 2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1) promised by Isaiah and again in the New Testament.” read full article


One thought on “Jesus Is Coming – Plant a Tree!”

  1. I’ve always liked what Martin Luther said when asked what he would do if he knew the world was ending tomorrow. He said he would plant a tree today! I suppose the point is that we never truly know when the world will end, as much as we think we “know” it. So we should plan as if the world would be here 10,000 more years. That’s how we would see the Kingdom of God grow, with such a long term perspective that is.


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