OK. So I don’t always hear about the latest “breaking news” until it’s been around awhile. In this case, since Easter. I just learned tonight about the latest claims that Your family tomb, Jesus, has been “found” in Jerusalem. What makes it “tantalizing” (at least in the eyes of those pushing this story) is that they claim Your bones are there, too… along with Mary Magdalene (as Your “wife”) and Judah (Your supposed son).
These “claims” are, of course, unauthenticated and not universally accepted even within scientific circles. But it certainly makes good headlines, and may drive more interest in the next movie being produced by those “credited” with this “discovery.” One went so far as to claim that “faith” would only enter the picture if someone were to believe this was not Your tomb.
How quickly they forget what happened 2000+ years ago, Lord!
The eyewitness accounts of Your Resurrection and its aftermath. Your appearance (literally, in bodily form) to hundreds of people. Your post-burial interaction with so many, in ways that demonstrated unmistakably that You were alive. Your fearful disciples’ dramatic transformation into fearless Ambassadors who testified about You until their own violent deaths. True accounts that only make sense if You actually are who You claimed to be.
What else could have possibly motivated Your followers to sacrifice their very lives in order to spread Your Gospel???
So what of these latest “discoveries”? Vague distractions, not unlike mosquitoes on a warm summer evening. Worth an occasional swat, but not worth losing focus or momentum.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders… And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1)
Isn’t that the journey of faith to which You call us, Lord? You were gracious to give Doubting Thomas what he needed. You let him touch Your scars and wounds. It dropped him to his knees in worship. But then You made the Declaration of declarations:
“Because you [Thomas] have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
Yes, Lord… I am blessed. I have not yet seen You with my eyes… yet, by Your Grace, I believe. How I look forward to the day when, as the beautiful hymn “It Is Well” says, my faith will be made sight! Now — and then — it is (and always will be) well with my soul!
Standing on The Rock,