October 9, 2015
I love courtroom dramas, particularly reruns of Matlock. What I particularly loved was his way of asking questions. He would ask question after question that would seem to go nowhere until you discovered that he had a plan all along. At one crucial moment, he would ask one final question – the right question – that would reveal the truth.
Here at St. Andrew, we have been asking a lot of really good questions recently. What about faith and science? Can only one religion be true? Can we really trust the Old Testament? These are great questions that are crucial to our faith. I am so glad that St. Andrew is a church that encourages people to ask these questions. But none of these questions are the most important. If we were in Matlock, these would be the precursor questions that lead you to the final and ultimate one that would turn everything on its head.
The week we talked about science and faith, the argument was made that faith in God is not only possible but logical. The week on the Old Testament, we looked at the beauty of the scriptures and how to look at it through the eyes of Jesus so that we might not be hung up on its oddity. When the question of suffering and evil was addressed, we talked about how often this can stop us in believing that there could be a good God. We were led to ponder that maybe God is working through the challenges in the world.
No amount of believing in these answers, though, make you a Christian. They might help you work through objections to Christianity, but Christianity isn’t based upon any of these questions. Rather it is based on the one thing upon which the entire universe hangs – did Jesus rise from the grave?
- If Jesus died and remained dead, then we Christians are foolish.
- If Jesus died and his body was stolen, then Christianity is a fake.
- If Jesus died and he rose from the dead, then Christianity is simply true.
This week at St. Andrew is that week where we ask the question: Did Jesus really rise from the grave? We will look at the witnesses. We will look at the testimony. And I think you will find that the resurrection of Jesus is the best explanation for the actions of the disciples like Peter and Paul. If you don’t yet agree or you still have questions, that is what this week is for. Bring a friend, come with your questions, and you just might find truth and joy in the primary claim of Christianity:
Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again.
The universe hangs on this point.