One of the threads of Christian thought I like to pursue in my own research is the matter of what early Christians thought Jesus was doing once he finished his mortal ministry with his disciples.  Within the NT, this point is rather fluid.  In Mark, the disciples flee from Gethsemane, while in John’s Gospel Jesus is with some disciples until his death.  In any case, there comes a time at which Jesus is separated from his original companions.  At this point, those who reflected on Jesus’ continuing activities begin to take a variety of paths.

One of the paths I tend to return to often in my private contemplation is this passage in the Epistle to the Hebrews (10:11-13):

Every priest stands daily at his ministry, offering frequently those same sacrifices that can never take away sins.  But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God;  now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool.

In the final phrase, “now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool,” I find a sense of anticipation.   To me, it’s pleasant to think that Jesus is waiting, just as we are, so that he can return and finish out what he began so long ago.


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