Jesus’ resurrection is the beginning of God’s new
project, not to snatch people away from earth to heaven, but to colonize earth
with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about.
UPDATE: I read this quote by Eugene Peterson earlier today:
The gospel of Jesus Christ has no patience with a spirituality that is general or abstract, that is all ideas and feelings, and that takes as its theme song, "This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through." Theology divorced from geography gets us into nothing but trouble. Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places p.77
We studied John 20:1-18 in our morning service. One of the verses is shocking one. Mary, overjoyed with Jesus living clings to Him. Jesus responds with a firm "Don’t cling to me". A line that will definitely not be allowes in a Hollywood ending. I think the point that’s being made is that she can’t put Jesus into a neat little box, filing Him away in catagories of the past. There’s work to do! Jesus commands her,
"But go find my brothers and tell them …." v17b