I’ve been digging into NT Wright’s latest this week, “Surprised by Hope“. If you’re a reader, this is worth reading. Especially if you’ve read any of the Left Behind gibberish. The book is all about future judgment, and how the church has screwed the whole doctrine up.
Check this ditty out from page 141:
“The main point to notice, once more, is that all future judgment is highlighted basically as good news, not bad. Why so? It is good news, first, because the one through whom God’s justice will finally sweep the world is not a hard-hearted, arrogant, or vengeful tyrant but rather the Man of Sorrows, who was acquainted with grief; the Jesus who loved sinners and died for them; the Messiah who took the world’s judgment upon himself of the cross.”
When you think of JESUS and JUDGMENT at the same time, what sort of picture comes to mind? Even if your picture of Jesus includes him in a tuxedo t-shirt, you may be closer to the truth than many pastors I’ve heard speak on the topic.