Monday, April 09, 2012

Existence of Christ

The Word existed at the beginning (John 1:1); he existed before me (John 1:15; John 1:30); before Abraham was, I AM (John 8:58); when you lift up the Son of man you will know that I AM [he] (John 8:28); that when it occurs you will believe that I AM (John 13:19); unless you believe that I AM [he], you will die in your sins (John 8:24); do not be afraid, I AM [it is I] (Matt. 14:27; Mark 6:50; Luke 24:39; John 6:20); Jesus said ‘I AM [he]’ (Mark 14:62; John 18:5; John 18:8); when he said, ‘I AM [he]’, they fell to the ground (John 18:6).

Saturday, April 07, 2012

He arose!

At its core, the Christian belief in Christ’s resurrection defies all natural explanations. It is not, strictly speaking, a reasonable claim, but it does not oppose reason so much as transcend it. Humans did not rise from the dead with any greater frequency in Jesus’ time than in our own; the miracle of resurrection was as astounding then as now. And while his resurrection was both prophesied centuries in advance, and contemporaneously attested to by many eyewitnesses, there is no natural accounting for the fact. It remains, millennia later, a mystery – one that has outlasted heresies and corruptions, opposition and apathy. And so this Sunday, we will again celebrate the great mystery, the omnipotent and omnipresent One who became the point on which our hope hangs and history pivots: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.