NT Wright on Paradise

Here is the transcription:

Paradise is an ancient Persian word that means, Garden. A lovely beautiful garden. And its a word that was in common use at the time to mean a place of rest and refreshment and delight. But its not the ultimate destination. And you can see that from Lukes gospel already. Jesus says, Today, you will be with me in paradise. Now wait a minute, thats Good Friday. Is that the end of the story for Jesus? No it isnt. 3 days later, Easter day, Jesus is raised from the dead. Hes the beginning of Gods new world. But in the mean time, he has been in this resting place in paradise. Now that gets complicated, because the Bible also says, that Jesus went to Hades, to preach to the spirits in prison. Which is a very strange passage. But the clear thing is that, paradise is the temporary, beautiful, blissful place, before the final moment

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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