God emptied himself. Theologically it is called “kenosis“. God abandoned himself and died to himself on the cross. Christmas says that God desolated the God of Beyond and became Emmanuel, God with us. Easter seals the deal and slammed the door shut to the transcendent God of Beyond. The cries of Jesus asking why God had abandoned him show that God had, indeed, fully emptied himself of himself and died alienated forever from the separate God of the Heavens. Jesus wasn’t a representative of God, but God himself. Our feelings of alienation from God is where our greatest solidarity with God actually is!
The resurrection isn’t the trick up his sleeve either. It wasn’t him holding the ace that he would be back in a couple of days while he went through a mock death. He died! The resurrection is his return as the Holy Spirit in the universal collective of humanity. Even Jesus said that where there is love between the two of us there he is in our midst. It is no longer the God “up there”, but between us!
The story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus is the metaphor, the spiritual structure, illustrating the human condition now (Luke 24).
Later today I will write a post continuing this theme and try to articulate how, from a unitive-mystical perspective, this spiritual structure is a description of an infinite reality that is fully and finitely present now.
I’ve been writing about this, calling it the z-theory, since May of 2009.