Sunday, March 31, 2024

Lewis: something completely new

Monday, April 1, 2024
    Commemoration of Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, teacher, 1872
    While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
    They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
    When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.
    —Luke 24:36-40 (NIV)
    The Resurrection narratives are not a picture of survival after death; they record how a totally new mode of being has arisen in the Universe. Something new had appeared in the Universe: as new as the first coming of organic life. This Man, after death, does not get divided into “ghost” and “corpse.” A new mode of being has arisen. That is the story. What are we going to make of it?
    ... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), God in the Dock [1970], ed. Walter Hooper, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1994, p. 159 (see the book)
    See also Luke 24:36-43; Matt. 28:9,17-20; Luke 24:15-16,30-31; John 5:28-29; 20:26-27; Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 6:14; 2 Cor. 4:13-14; 5:1-5; Phil. 3:20-21; Rev. 1:18
Quiet time reflection:
    By Your power, Lord, we shall live.
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