For the Cynic, there is a Way Forward (v24-29)
The central claim of Christianity is this: That one man, Jesus, rose from the dead as Messiah. He revealed (among other things) that there really is life after death. Really. Like it's not just wishful thinking. And that will motivate you to live in peace through the proclamation of forgiveness now. As Jürgen Moltmann once wrote:
The Resurrection hope makes people ready to live their lives in love wholly, and to say a full and entire Yes to a life that leads to death. It does not withdraw the human soul from bodily, sensory life; it ensouls this life with unending joy. [JMM: Great verb!]
But a common response the Resurrection of Jesus is cynicism:
- That can’t happen.
- That’s crazy talk.
- Dead men can’t rise.
And the Christian response to that is:
- Yes it can.
- No it isn't.
- Yes one has.
So spare a thought for Thomas.