I’m currently about a 100 pages into Father John Behr’s (Dean of St. Vlad’s Orthodox Theological Seminary) “The Mystery of Christ: Life in Death” (A great review here). I’m enjoying this book immensely and finding it both challenging and enlightening in regards to theological method and hermeneutics. I came across, what is to me, a profound insight, which I simply wanted to share from chapter 2 “For This We Were Created”:
We can only speak of creation as having been brought into being by and for its savior Jesus Christ, and its whole history as having been providentially guided by him, from the moment that he is revealed within its history, at the Passion. Theologically speaking, creation and its history begins with the Passion of Christ and from this ‘once for all’ work looks backwards and forwards to see everything in this light, making everything new. Christian cosmology, elaborated as it must be from the perspective of the Cross, sees the Cross as impregnated in the very structure of creation: stat crux dum volvitur orbis–the Cross stands, while the earth revolves. The power of God revealed in and through the Cross brought creation into being and sustains it in existence” (page 90).
There are many great insights in this book, and I hope to review it or write up some more thoughts on the acorns of wisdom I have gathered up from Father John while reading his book. I can say this: go buy it and read it for yourself! It is worth the few bucks it costs!