Easter • Devotion #4: Grasping at Straws
Roger Allen | Recovery Director
“And especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority. Bold and willful, they do not tremble as they blaspheme the glorious ones.” 2 Peter 2:10
I was raised in a family of skeptics. It can create a mindset where nothing was what it seemed. Rooted in cynicism, all claims were deemed false until proven different. Motivation was always based on money or some other self-interest. It was a way to protect yourself from someone taking advantage of you. The fear of being someone’s pawn was real and embarrassing. This became my stumbling block. It was not until the day I received Christ that I would understand my error.
To many, the resurrection is shrouded in mystery and doubt and has become a stumbling block to them. The fact that His body was not present has brought many explanations. Sceptics have preached ideas from the swoon theory (Jesus was not dead, but unconscious) to the disciples taking the body themselves. These are just a few stories that satisfy the unbeliever. However, the closer you look into these theories the more you realize that it is a “grasping at straws” approach. In the swoon theory, it is hard to imagine the humanity of Christ having the strength to move the stone after the physical torture and crucifixion He endured. As far as the disciples stealing the body, would they have been willing to die for a lie? Would they be willing to be tortured and crucified in the same manner as Jesus? I wish the mindset of the unbeliever was an anomaly and that the Deity of Christ would be considered first. That instead of doubt, they would walk this through to completion. I wish that by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit they would arrive at the truth. They could have replaced the cynicism with which they lived, with a life-renewing faith. The missing body speaks the whole truth. God raised Jesus from the grave!
He is alive!
“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” 1 John 5:20