Saturday, March 23, 2013

In the Wake beneath the Dust and Blood of the Crucified God #progGod

There are a million questions to this question, and I don't think one can even begin to do them justice in the spans of a thousand or two words. For myself, I would consider myself a moderate to conservative evangelical so this is a bit of a brain teaser.

Why crucifixion?

Adam as the one formed from dust (or earthling, as a former prof once explained) is the one for whom the spiral out began. This Adam is from the earth, as a created being, from humble roots (pun possibly intended) and offered the world. However, through actions unlike what God desired, the world as we know it began a spiral towards death.

Why crucifixion?

Adam died in the wake of a falling creation and Eve died alone, with her children in disarray. All they knew was death apart from anything good. Genesis doesn't mention how Adam and Eve died, but it wouldn't be far to assume that it was of old age and of broken hearts.

Why crucifixion?

Paul states in Romans 5 that through the one human death came into this world, and through the one man we are all justified. In a cosmic sense, maybe Jesus had to die in such a way as opposite of Adam and Eve. Maybe he couldn't go up and ascend in wonder and glory via old age, but instead he had to die at the hands of certain emperors and certain Jewish leaders.

Maybe it is to showcase the failings and the abundance of grace, and that the pain of old age is a wonderful gift (in it's own right) as opposed to a political execution.

In the wake beneath the dust and blood of the crucifixion, maybe Jesus' death reveals that in spite of the hope for a life of old age, that life is cruel and callous and that this hostile universe needs to be revealed. The political and the social and the redemptive are summed up in a crucifixion. Maybe Christ's life was too important to drag out. Maybe the adage "a young life" is wasted, but even that is subverted.

Why crucifixion?

Dying a political death at the hands of an evil empire seems to be a universal addendum, in that there will always be martyrs and kings, blood and pain, until beyond the eschaton.

To quote my favorite church father,
When Christ 'shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father' , then those living beings, because they have been before this been made part of Christ's kingdom, shall also be delivered up along with the whole of that kingdom to the rule of the Father; so that, when 'God shall be all in all', they also, since they are a part of all, may have God even in themselves, as he is in all things.
Origen, On First Principles, pg65.

All in all, I don't really know. But it is fun to sit and think about such things on a Saturday afternoon.


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