What about His life?
May 14, 2006
In his phenomenal Jesus and the Victory of God, Wright summarizes some of the problems with the contemplary understandin of Jesus:
"This divine act [Jesus' death], however, did not have very much to do with what went before. The fact that the gospels reached their climax with the death of Jesus seemed to have little do with any significance to be drawn from his life, expect that the conflict he engendered by preaching about love and grace was the proximate reason for his death, which the redeemer god then 'counted' in a redemptive scheme which had nothing to do with that historical reason. The reformers had very thorough answers to the question 'why did Jesus die?'; they did not have nearly such good answers to the question 'why did Jesus live?' Their successors to this day have not often done any better. But the question will not go away. If the only available answer is 'to give some shrewd moral teaching, to live an exemplary life, and to prepare for sacrifical death', we may be forgiven for thinking it a little lame." – N.T. Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God, pp. 14