The men said to [the women], “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Then they remembered his words. (Luke 24:5–8, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?” (Friedrich Nietzsche).
“And we have killed Him.” This is the state of many that claim to be His Church. Some would mix the blood of Christ with the blood of bulls and goats, claiming grace plus works. “Whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones.” (Mathew 23:27, NIV 1984). With this kind of theology, His bones may just have well remained in the tomb. But “He is not [there]; he has risen!“
“What sacred games shall we have to invent?” This is the state of still others that claim to be His Church. That Christianity is the truth for them, but it is not the only truth. That the power of the Christian faith to transform lives does not require it to be exclusively true. This is an invention propagated by Satan. “Did [Jesus] really say” He was the only way? Did we learn nothing from the garden? “Remember how he told [us], while he was still with [us]?” He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6, NIV 1984). Why did Jesus die if there were other ways?
My Advice – These are but two examples 0f “Christianity” gone wrong. Don’t look for the living Christ there. You’re looking among the dead. “He is not [there]; he has risen!”
Inspired by James High’s sermon today.