Between Clinging and Go: Part 1

OK…   so the WHOLE Christian faith depends upon believing in Jesus raised from the dead.

Paul says it this way in 1 Corinthians 15:14: and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain.

But that doesn’t mean that everything will be clear and simple. The first followers of Jesus who saw him ‘raised’ certainly did not expect him to be alive, nor did they even recognize him when he was right in front of them. Read John 20:11-18:

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 1Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” ’ Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

We too might be caught, like Mary, between ‘clingling and go’. On the one hand, we may be clinging to our own human expectations that exclude miraculous things like ‘resurrection’. Clinging so much so that when we encounter the living Jesus in our lives we mistake him for some far more mundane…   like the gardener. On the other hand, ‘go’ and tell others about the faith that has been sparked in our lives is a scary proposition. To ‘go and tell’ puts us ‘out there’ susceptible to ridicule and doubters.

Are you caught between ‘clinging and go’?