The Last Trump

“At other times, in other places, and for his own reasons, Jesus does all of the things the Devil suggests. Instead of making lunch out of rocks, he feeds the five thousand miraculously – basically the same trick, but on a grander scale. Instead of jumping off the Temple and not dying, he dies and refuses to stay dead – by any standards, an even better trick. And finally, instead of getting himself bogged down in a two-man presidency with an opposite number he doesn’t really understand, he aces out the Devil on the cross and ends up risen, ascended, and glorified at the right hand of the Father as King of Kings and Lord of Lords – which is the best trick of all, taken with the last trump.” (Robert Farrar Capon, The Romance of the Word, 193)