(I am reading Cross Shattered Christ by Stanley Hauerwas for the next seven days of lent. One chapter a day, one blog post a day.)
It is Finished – John 19:30
The work that is finished, moreover, is the cross. He will be and is resurrected, btu the resurrected One remains the One crucified.- P84
Hauerwas invites us recognise that Christians are living in the time between times. The kingdom of God is “begun in Christ”, but not “perfected” until the end of the world. In many ways it is finished marks this turning point. We live in tension of the biggest act of renewal and subversion. Creation is in the process of redemption and the consumation of this redemption is Jesus. This redemption and consumation is one play in God’s unrelenting love for us.
We are “the finished”. What has finished is our attempt to be our own creators. In the knowledge of this tension, and gods ability to show a vulnerable love we can now live at peace while the world around us is filled with violence, not because we now have all the naswers but because “God has given us a way to live without answers.”
We are able to suffer because the work of the Cross is finished, but its not over. The church has been made ‘the not overs’. The people who can live in peace and have time in a world of violence and no time.
That sounds delicious.
To so live does not mean we will be free of suffering, but it means that we can now live knowing it is through suffering that God’s kingdom is manifest.- P88