A Dairy Queen Visit!

A professor at UNC wanted to take 
his wife someplace special to celebrate 
their anniversary so they went to 
the Dairy Queen near Chapel Hill, 
NC and in order to really observe 
their special day he asked for two 
hot fudge sundaes with extra hot 
fudge for the occasion.

The girl (who was a UNC liberal 
arts grad) replied, "The hot fudge 
only comes in one temperature, sir."


Professor Howdy said...

*The Lord is not slow
in keeping His promise,
as some understand
slowness. He is patient
with you, not wanting
anyone to perish, but
everyone to come to

--2 Peter 3

Professor Howdy said...

The story of the life of Jesus is a story of perfect timing. He was a man
who lived, died, and was resurrected within a particular, and ideal,
moment in history. "In the fullness of time it came to pass that God sent
his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who
were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children"
(Galatians 4:4). Understanding the full significance of Jesus today is
thus about understanding the fullness of the moment into which God sent
his Son.

The time into which Jesus lived, died, and rose formally appointed a
distinctive context, a worldview laden with certain perspectives. Among
first-century Jews, resurrection was a hallmark of the end of history; it
was the distinguishing, final event. To those who first beheld it,
the resurrection of Jesus would have inherently indicated that the end of
time had begun. For Jesus's contemporaries, the risen one standing before
them was an eschatological figure. If Jesus was raised, then the end of
the world had begun; and it was a beginning of gigantic proportions.
Witnesses were radically transformed by beholding him, not merely because
a resurrected man stood before them, but because the resurrection
radically validated everything Jesus said and did among them. The
claim of Christ that the kingdom of God was already at hand was suddenly
and unavoidably revealed as true.

But in fact, the resurrection not only vindicated and verified Christ's
teaching, it also provided the ground for interpreting Christ's life in
light of every prior act and word of God. As an eschatological figure,
the resurrected Christ took the Psalms, the Law, and the prophets' words
to new dimensions: "On the third day he will restore us, that we may live
in his presence" (Hosea 6:2). In the same manner that Jesus explained the
Scriptures to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, the resurrected Christ
moved the first believers to look back into the life of Jesus, into the
movement of God in history, and offered a glimpse of the uniting purpose
and plan of a redemptive God. In the words of Thomas Oden, "To anyone who
earnestly shared the apocalyptic hope in the general resurrection, the
resurrection of Jesus would have revealed the meaning of universal
history. It glimpsed the end of history. The meaning of the whole was
made known through the lens of this one end-time event."(1)

Thus it is said, in the fullness of time, God sent his Son, who was
crucified, died, and was buried, and on the third day he rose again. In
this eschatological figure, the risen Jesus was a clue to the meaning of
history for those who first heard it, a solid hope for the present age,
and a glimpse of the future glory to come. It is the same for those who
behold him today. For in the death and resurrection of the man Jesus,
God's Son, human history became the setting in which God's final assurance
of victory over sin and death was once and for all established. And as
such, the resurrection poured--and still pours--instant light on all that
preceded it, even as it shines in our lives today and illumines all that
is coming. As Paul once declared emphatically, we emphatically echo
today: "I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the
fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead" (Philippians

To behold the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of
Jesus Christ is to see the meaning of the whole of history. To know the
power of the resurrection is to know the rest of the story, even as we
wait eagerly to receive that ending face to face. From this expectant
perspective, our Christology even today can thus confess: Awake, O
sleeper! Arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.

Jill Carattini is senior associate writer at Ravi Zacharias
International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

(1) Thomas Oden, The Word of Life: Systematic Theology Vol. II (San
Francisco: Harper, 1992), 458.

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