My family and I were able to slip away from town for a couple of days this week to retreat and recharge. It was good being together in one another's presence with no distractions!
When I play with my kids, it seems as though the line between reality and pretend is pretty small. Preschool-aged kids seem to be able to jump back and forth between reality and pretend quite quickly.
What about the resurrection of Jesus? Reality? Or pretend?
Take a look at this video for a conversation with a variety of people from different walks of life having a conversation after reading the resurrection story from the Scriptures. (This link takes you to THRED which is a new ministry from Lutheran Hour Ministries).
So, what do you think? Did it really happen? Did the man Jesus, who died, rise from the dead? Or, is it just a nice story? Is it just a parable to teach us how to live? Did he just rise spiritually? Or did he actually conquer death?
On p. 385 of The Story:
"They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, "Do you have anything there to eat?" They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.
Reality or pretend? You choose.
If you choose pretend, then I'll just let you know that everything else Jesus ever said or did now becomes void. Jesus said he would rise from the dead. So, if he didn't, he's a liar.
If you choose reality, then everything Jesus ever said or did now becomes reality. This is very good for you.
Alive in Christ!