Lately, in glory

The past couple weeks have provided time to dig back into the book on glory. That has meant reacquainting myself with the work (writing ‘in the margins’ means that sometimes the space in between sessions at the desk grows quite large) and then some rewriting, a process that both stirs and vexes me. On the one hand, with the passing of time I’ve often learned something new about the topic; on the other, rewriting almost invariably means having to let go of something I like.

Still, this topic never fails to ignite my imagination, and I find glory to be a deep well. Recent ruminations? Here’s one: that Jesus’ transfiguration not only puts a spotlight on His divinity, but also illumines His humanity. Specifically, Jesus’ glory is evident because Jesus is God, but also because He is human. Irenaeus, a second century church father, talks about the ‘recapitulation’ of Jesus (I was reminded of this by JRD Kirk’s blog yesterday), which pushes us to consider what true humanity involves by looking at Jesus. The transfiguration, then, is a case in point, because from it, we learn that glory is possible for humans, and possible now–not just after we get to heaven.

I’ve been mulling this idea for a while, because I think it’s one of the so what?‘s that this book needs to tackle. Today–which, being Epiphany, is fitting–tho, I’m still a bit stunned by the implications…

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