Jesus: A Theography (Chapter 1 exert)

I’m still chewing on these incredible paragraphs from Jesus: A Theography. There’s some great food for thought here:

“Jesus Christ had finished all things before He created all things. This is perhaps one of the most glorious things Jesus Christ accomplished before creation, but it may be the least reflected upon. Imagine a builder standing in front of an empty lot, saying, ‘What a beautiful house I have constructed.’ But there is nothing there. Only the Lord can say that His plans in the Son were finished in eternity before they came to pass in history. He completed the masterpiece before He ever painted it.”

“How can this be? It is because time exists in Christ. Paul told us that in Christ, ‘all things hold together.’ That includes creation itself, which includes time. C.S. Lewis drew a brilliant illustration to describe this reality. He said to imagine a straight line on a piece of paper. The line is time. The paper is God Himself. Time is in God just as the line is in the paper. Consequently, He is at the beginning and the end at the same time. As one theologian put it, ‘God is immediately and simultaneously aware of all events. Whether they be in what we call ‘past,’ ‘present,’ or ‘future,’ they are all in God’s ‘present.'”

“This throws fresh light on the declarations in Revelation that Jesus Christ is the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega, and the First and the Last. It’s not that Christ was first the Alpha and then later the Omega. It’s that Christ is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, at the same moment. How? Because the line of time exists within Him.”

– From Jesus: A Theography by Leonard Sweet & Frank Viola pages 9-10

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