March 27, 2016
The good news for the Day
When Simon Peter arrived after the beloved disciple, he entered the tomb-cave and saw the linen strips lying there, and the material that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and came to believe. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. (John 20, 6-9)
It takes time—to work through the strange surprise of resurrection—to get what it means—to “come to believe.”
You start with noticing that some people believed that Jesus rose from the dead. Interesting fact—or belief. Did it really happen? Maybe it did. Like Columbus discovering America—a factoid of history. It does not really involve you. A Christian religion exists with rituals, churches, Easter, and so on. They are, however, outside you—like watching a TV series, or reading an algebra book or Shakespeare. It is like a school thing.
Then you confront the puzzle—what difference does it make whether Jesus rose from death? It hits you—if Jesus did “rise from the dead,”—HE LIVES, and maybe you, too, survive your death? “Belief” is about people. You don’t earn belief—it is the other way around—your curiosity finds answers that come to you. Belief is a gift—an involving, embracing gift.
At some point, you “get it”—Heaven, a new life, hope, strength, wisdom—these are what Resurrection MEANS to you. The sky is not just there—it is beautiful to you. Hope is everywhere despite evil. You see. You hear. You know peace that surpasses anything you before. You live now a New Way. The mockingbird sings for you. It is infinite God Who hands you a daffodil. The light in your wife’s eyes shines from beyond any grave you or she might inhabit to you. You are alive—so ALIVE! It is a New life you live.