Death will not have the final victory. But, don’t you know, there was dirt under his fingernails still? The (re)newed body. The whole Israel. The new Human One. His humanity was the bait and his divinity the hook. As once he commanded his friend, so now he commanded himself: remove the death shroud and walk once more into life. His soul has not been abandoned to Sheol.
and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father;
The elevation, here. The fulfillment of the Incarnation. For humanity, in perfect tandem with divinity, is crowned with glory everlasting. At the Father’s right hand, the co-ruler of all things. His resumption of his place after his sojourn in flesh has brought flesh into perfection. The relationship is now renewed. Shalom shall reign.
and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead;
Judgment not as we understand it. Judgment as in justice as in the great restoration–the final reconciliation. In him all things hold together, and he has made the final peace. His judgment is the judgment of Heaven crashing into earth. The judgment against Sin, Death, and Satan. The judgment against a dehumanizing way of life. The judgment of resurrection for all, both the dead and the living.
whose kingdom shall have no end.
And this judgment shall be in force in the everlasting Kingdom over which he shall reign. Evil only exists because the law of the King is not in force. Upon his return his law of Love will reign over all things. And he shall be our light, for darkness will be banished. And he will be our life, for Death will be cast into the sea.