Monday, April 24, 2023

Lewis: not knowing how it works

Monday, April 24, 2023
    Commemoration of Mellitus, First Bishop of London, 624
    For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.
    —1 Corinthians 15:3-5 (NIV)
    We believe that the death of Christ is just that point in history at which something absolutely unimaginable from outside shows through into our own world. And if we cannot picture even the atoms of which our own world is built, of course we are not going to be able to picture this. Indeed, if we found that we could fully understand it, that very fact would show it was not what it professes to be—the inconceivable, the uncreated, the thing from beyond nature, striking down into nature like lightning. You may ask what good it will be to us if we do not understand it. But that is easily answered. A man can eat his dinner without understanding exactly how food nourishes him. A man can accept what Christ has done without knowing how it works: indeed, he certainly would not know how it works until he has accepted it.
    ... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), Mere Christianity, New York: MacMillan, 1952, reprint, HarperCollins, 2001, p. 55 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 15:3-5; Isa. 53:5; Mark 9:23-24; John 6:32-35,48-58; Rom. 5:8-9; Eph. 3:8-10,16-19; Phil. 4:7; Col. 1:25-27; 2:2-3; 3:3; 1 Pet. 3:18-20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, somehow I am healed by Your stripes.
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