And is it true?

26 04 2011

Throughout his gospel, Luke has been concerned to present a true account of the events of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection.  From the Christmas story to the Easter Passion and Resurrection we, his readers, must decide which button to press…and live with the implications.    ~

The early followers found their fears and doubts transformed to joy and worship as they encountered the risen Jesus in their lives. But it wasn’t just a cosy “I’ve been with Jesus” experience; they had a task to fulfil.  Here’s what Jesus said to them –                                                                                                       ~

“Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ You are witnesses of all these things. And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised.” (Luke 24:46-49)

The message is out…and I need to decide whether to pass on the baton or keep it to myself.

~

And is it true,

this most tremendous tale of all,

Seen in a stained-glass window’s hue,

a baby in an ox’s stall?

the maker of the stars and sea

become a child on earth for me? 

 
And is it true?  For if it is… 

[No thing] can with this single truth compare –

that God was man in Palestine

and lives today in bread and wine. 

John Betjeman (Read the full poem here.)

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