This book calls for a paradigm shift in the study of Gospel traditions and the origins of the Gospels. It argues that the four Gospels are closely based on the eyewitness testimony of those who knew Jesus.
So Entering into Rest is about our ends, in all the senses of that word, and how we must foresee them from the start somehow in order to begin anything. I have thought about how our life is punctuated by our ends as points of rest on the way, anticipating the ultimate, and about how our sanctification is a work of God in which we may rest in thanksgiving. I have thought about how we rest in work, in friendship, and in communicating meaning. And I have thought about how we rest in death. And in keeping with my usual incapacity to think about only one thing at a time, I have thought about a great deal else.
The language of the common good, like the language of property which exemplifies it, is Janus-faced. Looking back it points to a concrete givenness of community, a present and existing form within which we have been given to communicate with others, and which we cannot ignore without great blame. Looking forward, it can invite us to think of a City of God, a sphere of universal community, and encourage us to seek intimations of it from the future. But only so far can it take us. It cannot ease us through the portals of the City of God up the steps of a ladder of dialectical reconciliations.
“The biblical view of marriage is part of the larger whole of new creation, and it symbolizes and points to that divine plan….Marriage is a sign of all things in heaven and on earth coming together in Christ. That’s why it is a tough calling. But that is why, also, it is central and non-negotiable. That, for me, is what it’s all about”.
The upper room is the scene where faith is given, and as such is as important to God’s victory as the empty tomb. It would not have been enough that the resurrection should simply have happened; that could have had no more meaning than the birth and death of galaxies. It was an event with meaning, a communicative event, and until the meaning is grasped, the communicative purpose was not accomplished. The resurrection changed the way God’s human creatures could grasp hold of their task of living.