So what do you think?
I was listening to a podcast interview sometime late 2015. The interviewer was a skeptic, spiritualist. The interviewee, a former pastor turned spiritual author, speaker, advisor.
They were discussing the need many people have to believe the miracles of the Bible. The skeptic viewed miracles and prophecies as metaphoric, spiritual truth. Being a former evangelical, he was sorely turned off by the certainty of many American Christians. So he asked…(rough quote)
“Do you think the virgin birth of Jesus was a literal fact or merely speaking to something spiritual about this child being unique?”
The answer he got stumped him and made him incredibly happy.
The podcast guest went on to say that the greatest stories have the benefit of being true and factual.
There’s more to this whole thing…
I can’t help but think the same thing about the resurrection. As we move closer to Easter Sunday, the theme of Jesus and resurrection tends to move to the forefront of culture. There’s more tv shows about the historical Jesus and “holy week.” People show up at church who won’t any other Sunday (or Saturday or Monday).
I think as people hear these things and process their meaning, many of them will wrestle with the question…
“Is the resurrection historically fact or spiritually true?”
This is an important question. I hope many people will wrestle with it this week. I hope you’re reading this and examining your belief. My answer would be the same as our interviewee from the podcast.
The story of resurrection matters because it is fact and truth.
If it were only spiritually true we would have some great lessons about our life and rebirth and second chances. This could bolster faith and help us become more whole spiritually. But we would lack the power involved with resurrection. We’d also struggle with hope.
The historical fact of the resurrection is important because it provides hope to live a full life now and live again after death. It shows us that we aren’t done when we die. Our spirit and body can be made new. We have a hope that God makes all things new, including us, now and in the future!
This weekend I’ll be explaining this even more. I’m excited to discuss the power and importance of resurrection. Not just Jesus’ resurrection. But our own!
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