If you are following the blog titles… NO we are not doing a reality show theme (Amazing Race today… Real World yesterday). But, we ARE trying to think through LIVING the Easter faith… which does involve reflecting upon the ‘amazing’ and the ‘real’ in our lives and our lives of faith.
One thing that has always seemed to be powerful evidence that the resurrection story of Jesus is real… is the report from resurrection morning recorded in the beginning of John 20:
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes. (John 20:1-10)
Notice how much ‘talk’ goes into making sure ‘the world’ knows who arrived at the tomb first: ‘The other disciple’. The disciple mentioned in this passage has been identified by some Bible scholars to be JOHN himself (the author of John’s Gospel… and this Scripture), but even if it is not John… there is certainly some rivalry going on between Peter and this disciple. The ‘powerful’ evidence of which I speak is the completely obvious fact that: who the heck cares who got to the tomb first.
OK, this might require a little discussion. Imagine an event as miraculous as the Resurrection of Jesus. If such a story is FALSE (like… made up by the disciples) then who is going to quibble about who beat whom to the tomb? No one is likely to even bring the subject up… if its a HOAX! The only reason I can think of that would cause enough of a stir that it had to be mentioned in John’s Gospel… is that the resurrection was REAL and the disciples wanted to take credit for being a part of it first.
If that is the case… I wish that we would all be so gung-ho as to throw ourselves into the race. But, the good thing about the race of faith is that it doesn’t matter whether we come in first or last… but only that we run it!
Keep the faith!