Frank Viola Author has recently in featured in an interview, where he discusses his new book, Jesus Now: Unveiling the Present-Day Ministry of Christ.The interview, conducted by Jonathan Merrit, a senior columnist for Religious News Service (who has also been published in publications as diverse as the Atlantic and the National Journal.), can be found in its entirety on the Religious News Service website.
Frank Viola author’s new book, Jesus Now
Jesus now deals with the questions surrounding Jesus’s activity since his ascension after the Resurrection. It’s an issue many in the Christian community may not have given a lot of thought to before. We read the Bible, and for good reason- it’s loaded with commentary and parables and tales and examples of how we should live. What better way to get a snapshot of the Christ, and a template for how we should live out our own lives? But is it too much of a stretch to say that we stop the process after the Good Book ends? When Jesus ascends into Heaven, do we use that as an ending point for expectations of the works of Jesus?
In the interview, Frank Viola tells us that Jesus has indeed been active since his ascension. Viola explains that he set out to write the book after realizing that there were hardly any books that discussed the present-day work of Jesus Christ, and the few that already exist were not accessible for most casual readers and believers.
It’s an ambitious undertaking, one which Viola makes sure to distinguish from other books that detail Jesus’s ministry from His time on earth. Viola divides Christ’s present day ministry into seven aspects: “Great High Priest, Good Shepherd, Heavenly Bridegroom, Author and Finisher of Our Faith, Builder of Ekklesia, Head of the Church, and Lord of the World”. Viola devotes a chapter to each of these aspects, and when read, likens them to the facets of a diamond.
In the interview, Viola also reveals several issues he grappled with during the creation of the text- specifically, he centers on legalism in the Christian community, and how the physical world can be so full of suffering with God as Lord of the World.