“The story I live in is a complex, long, and glorious story about the constant death, burial, and resurrection.” -TruthN
I must point out a flaw in what I previously posted, while affirming what I mean to post. I didn’t mean that actual death, burials and resurrection are occurring all the time. Using the term constant was a bit unwise. I will not edit it but instead point out my flaw, accept it and move on. The above quote should forever now be rendered: “The story I live in is a complex and glorious story about death, burial, and resurrection.”
I changed a few other things as well. The liberty I take with my own words. You see, if I had more time I would have edited it more. As we all well know, time is killing us, contrary to popular attitude of trying so hard to “kill time.”
So now that that sentence has been thoroughly killed, buried, and resurrected to new life let me get on with the point while skipping a great deal.
The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is can be believed, disbelieved, or disengaged. Those who believe accept the absurd claim, rejoice in it’s absurdity and worship He whom the claim is made of. These are the people I am happy to call brother.
Those who disbelieve often disbelieve because they can’t see how anyone can be resurrected by their own power. It’s not the resurrection they disbelieve because they all accept some people have died and have come back, even if it’s only thirty seconds or five minutes. The problem is the three days and nights and thus coming back to life through your own power. This is a problem to solve and the disbeliever goes about solving it in a few ways: 1) denying Jesus is God, 2) denying Jesus existed, 3) denying God exists, or 4) saying this story is an embellishment.
Those who are disengaged most likely aren’t reading so I’ll pass engaging them, except by saying this: The truth the disengaged suppress is that of importance. They see no importance in arguing, which really means they see no importance for anything. This issue is vitally important if what Jesus said has any bearing on life and history. Well, it does if what Jesus said had anything to do with the past 2000 years.
Now, the truth of death, burial, and resurrection are all around us. Seeds die, get buried, and rise to new life. Most good stories are about the trial and sufferings of an individual, the point of everything hitting the fan, and the triumphant end. People love watching those shows that take a rundown restaurant and turn it into a five star diner. Food dies, get buried in our stomachs, and turns into a new life. Good parents often feel like they have died, been buried, and will talk about their new life when asked. Fossil fuels are dead things being dug up and used for frying eggs.
We live in a world where we breath this theme. Time would fail to be told of ideas that die, inventions buried, and new things rising out of old things. Even this postmodern world is trying to bury old philosophies and use them for new philosophies. The only problem with that is there is no such thing as an old philosophy, because the newest philosophies are the oldest ones rehashed in new words with skinny jeans and neon hair.
Those suppressing the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus don’t do it because they don’t believe in miracles. They just don’t believe that one miracle or in “that kind” of miracle. A self-generating universe isn’t a miracle, they say. It just is what it is.
They suppress it because this one kind of miracle has too many implications for their lives, so they suppress it in unrighteousness. Ever wonder why Christians are on the hot seat today? One reason is Christians live as though Jesus dying means something for us and the whole world. The whole world doesn’t like being told what to do. They want us to keep it to ourselves. If we would just hush up and act as though Jesus rising from the dead and being given all power in heaven and on earth means nothing to us today then they would pay us no mind. But, we insist that the man who died 2000 years ago and has seem to be the most controversial figure for 2000 years has done something that effects us all. Thus, they have to try to suppress anything they can to keep us from being so darn pushy.
We live in a world where the resurrection theme is everywhere. So much so that it is a beloved tool used in many stories and modern literature.