NT Wright on what he'd say to his children on his death bed.
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
- To the question, “What do you want [your grad children] to know about Jesus?,” Wright responds, “Just read the Gospels more.” Often Christians read the Gospels as the optional “chips and dips” at the beginning of the meal, but treat Paul’s epistles as the “red meat of Pauline theology.” How can the Gospels help us to understand who Jesus was and is?
- How can the church together read the Gospels in a way that truly represents Jesus to the world?
- Wright says, “The dynamism of the Gospels and the person who walks out of those pages to meet us is just central and irreplaceable.” This Jesus is always a “surprise.” How would our view of Jesus change if we read the Gospel as one of the characters who Jesus encounters?
- Wright uses the story of the “Road to Emmaus” (Luke 24:13-35) to illustrate being with Jesus, but not knowing who he is until he is “in the middle.” Wright continues to say, “Go on looking until you are no longer a spectator but part of the drama with him as the central character.” How might we move from spectator to being a “part of the drama” of the Gospels?