April 12, 2021

1 John 1:2 And now we’re telling you in most sober prose that what we witnessed was, incredibly, this: The infinite Life of God himself took shape before us. (The Message Bible)
The Christian faith is based on people bearing witness to what God did. Right from the beginning we have creation- that God made everything. We have the Exodus- that God brought his people out of slavery. We have the return from Babylon- that God judged his people but brought them back to their land. And now, in the New Testament, to Jesus- that God was present in a unique way in Jesus, forgiving sin and initiating new, resurrected life. You may say that a resurrection can’t happen, but it is hard to believe that these New Testament folks didn’t believe it really happened. The infinite Life of God himself to shape before us, they claimed. This is what has been passed on to us. Were they mistaken? Were they making up a story they thought we should all believe? Or were they passing on what happened as best they understood it in the events of Easter? Given that we are still here talking about it 2000 years later and half a world away, I think the last answer has the most merit. How about you?


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