Tuesday, June 23, 2015

This week's lesson (June 20-26): crucified and risen

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish things behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. -- I Corinthians 13:9-12, NIV
Seeing is not believing . . .

Not at first, at any rate.

Notice what happens, for instance, when people learn that Christ rose from the dead:
  • "When [the women] came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others . . . but they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense." -- Luke 24:11, NIV
  •  "Peter, however, got up and ran to to the tomb. Being over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened." -- Luke 24:12, NIV
  • "Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emma's, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him." -- Luke 24:13-16, NIV
  • "While [the disciples] were still talking about [the report of Christ's appearance on the road to Emma's], Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost." -- Luke 24:36-37, NIV
  • "When [Christ] had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement . . ." -- Luke 24:40-41, NIV
In fact, it is not until Christ eats with with his followers, leads them to Bethany, and ascends into heaven that we read how the disciples "worship him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy." -- Luke 24:50-52, NIV
In short, it took a long time for their feelings to catch up with the facts.
Still does.
Even after 2,000 years.

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