The death of Jesus has deprived death of its power to separate us from God. His death did not cut him off from God. Since the Father retains his communion with Jesus in the latter’s death on the Cross, death has lost its power to detach from God. Consequently, fellowship with God is open to all [people] whose life has ended in death. God’s love for the world is made palpable in Jesus.
– Wolfhart Pannenberg
as quoted by Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 165-166