Furthermore, the role of Jesus in God’s providence points to a crucial question, perhaps the most crucial question that any theology of providence needs to address: What does it mean to say that it is a particular human being, indeed, a particular man, who exercises God’s sovereign providence over the whole of creation?
This leads to two further questions, prompted by some of the implications of McDonough’s study. What is the nature of Jesus’ messianic rule, given that he sits at the right hand of the Father, interceding for those who approach God through him? And where and in what ways does pneumatology impact Jesus’ messianic rule?
At the moment, I don’t have any answers to these questions. One of my long-term projects is to write more on what it means to say that Jesus exercises providence over all things, and I’m excited by the possibility that the concept of Jesus as Messiah takes us to the heart of these issues and consolidates my emphasis in Providence Made Flesh on the idea that divine providence and divine presence are inseparable. But more and more, I realise that the name for this blog – Christ Pantokrator – is entirely appropriate for a blog where most of the posts are on the topic of divine providence.