Comments: A better resurrection

Rosemary this is beautifully written and very moving - thank you so much.

Posted by David Runcorn at Friday, 25 April 2014 at 8:05am BST

Lovely. Also resonated with the command to the healed man at Bethesda to 'pick up his bed' and walk - he was to take it with him, not abandon it for a totally new life ... Thank you.

Posted by Jonathan Jennings at Friday, 25 April 2014 at 9:13am BST

Yes, lovely reflection from Rosemary. I think solitude is a natural state for me, I'm not afraid of it. And I agree that the more we try to turn our face towards all that is good and positive, the truer it becomes.

Posted by Pam at Friday, 25 April 2014 at 9:39am BST

Yet that's not the story! The story also involves the question 'how do we know it wasn't just a phantasm?' So the story includes the injuries - BUT he does not go around as a man crippled from the torture that is involved in the method of killing. It is therefore idealised.

This is always the argument made against those who thinks he survived - 'a miracle enough' - and left the tomb and met up with the disciples and crossed the border out of the Roman Empire as a wanted man (looking for the lost tribes). He would have been in a rough condition. But he's not: indeed walks through walls, appears and disappears. So it is quite consistent with hallucinations seen of loved ones and religious figures by a proportion of bereaved and religiously intense to this day, and it only takes an odd vision to work it to the beliefs of the time about the body and 'sleeping' when dead.

Posted by Pluralist at Friday, 25 April 2014 at 1:32pm BST

Pluralist - this is the Gospel of John - it is the most sophisticated document, and none of the stories are 'just' about anything. If you are satisfied the world is that simple, you are. I am not. We agree to differ.

Posted by Rosemary Hannah at Friday, 25 April 2014 at 7:06pm BST

Oh, Pluralist: "He is Risen", isn't "Jesus is resuscitated" . . . though it isn't that "he's not resuscitated". And "He is Risen" isn't "Jesus is remembered, via delusions" . . . though that's almost certainly part of it, also.

"He is Risen" is a PARADOX. If we try to wrap our minds entirely around it, resurrection emerges out another hole-in-the-tomb. Easter says YES to the *mystery*. Alleluia!

Posted by JCF at Friday, 25 April 2014 at 8:04pm BST

"This is the Gospel of John - ... and none of the stories are 'just' about anything." Excellently said, Rosemary. Thank you.

Posted by William Moorhead at Saturday, 26 April 2014 at 3:37pm BST
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