“Who Dun It?”

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 1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

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Stephen King, Nancy Drew, Monk, and CSI: what do they all have in common?  Mystery.  We love mysteries.  That’s why we play the game Clue.  That’s the reason for murder mystery dinners. The question of “Who dun it?” intrigues us.

In fact, people look for mysteries where there are none.  Conspiracy theorists look for dark plots.  People play songs backwards looking for hidden messages.  And just why is my neighbor digging that big hole in his backyard?  Surrreeee he’s putting in a firepit.  We’ve all heard that one before.

But the simple truth is that we don’t have to look for mystery in Christianity.

Knowing Christ is a mystery.  As much as we try to figure out how Christianity works we can’t.  It’s not math, engineering, or science.  It’s spirit. It’s truth. It’s word. 

God became a human being.  The pre-existing Son was born into this world.  Through an unfair court case he was executed.  His bloody, bludgeoned body was laid in a stone-cold tomb.  Then 3 days later he came back to life.  People felt him and saw him, he ate breakfast with his friends, and then he rose up into the sky.  Before leaving he said, “I’ll be back.” 

What up!?  (as my kids would say)

The interesting thing about this mystery compared to all others is that people want to dismiss it.  While looking for mysteries where there are none, they try to dismiss a mystery right in front of them.  They say things like, 

  • “He didn’t really die, he fainted”
  • “He didn’t come back to life, the disciples stole his body”
  • “It was a conspiracy”
  • “The story was fabricated”

Why are people scared of this mystery?  Why so quick to write it off when looking for mysteries in other places? I mean people will believe in big foot, poltergeists, aliens, and the abominable snowman.  The fake mysteries are intriguing, but a mystery of this magnitude is, well excuse the cliche, of Biblical proportions.

Why are people afraid? What if it’s true? What if He’s alive? What if the whole thing, as mysterious and preposterous as it sounds, is true?

If so, then the laws of nature have been broken. A rule that can’t be broken has been. Dead flesh has come back to life.  Cold blood has been re-warmed.  Rigor mortis has been reversed.

The reason this is terrifying is that we’re faced with a person who defies the laws of the universe.  It’s like water flowing uphill; it’s like the sun not rising, fire not burning, and the dead not staying dead.

If he can do this, we have to pay attention.

CS Lewis put it best, “He’s either a liar, a lunatic, or Lord.”

Which is He to you?

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