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Sunday, April 15, 2018

A Homily – Luke 24:35 – 48 ©


The Gospel According to Luke – 2018.04.15


The Risen Christ?

The unfortunate truth is this, the myths that the Gospel writers wove to narrate the story of the resurrection, undermined the teaching and mission of Christ.

We are not called upon to be good in exchange for eternal life, we are called upon to love the good for the sake of the good itself, and to love justice for the sake of justice.

As servants of Christ we are called upon to serve the truth, to be truthful and to depend on it, which cannot be done so well when the foundation of the church is a lie.

There was nothing about the death of Jesus that was preordained. There was nothing written about Jesus in the “Books of Moses,” books which Moses did not write, there was nothing foretold about Jesus in the Books of the Law, or in the writings of the Prophets, because prophecy is not a prediction of future events, that is called augury. A prophet is a critic of the social order, and they write about the times the live in and the powers that be.

Every effort that has been made by Christians to read into the Hebrew scriptures references to Jesus, has been the exercise of vanity, a mission of fools, and the faithless.

The truth is much better. Jesus was killed by the unjust for upholding justice as an example to us all. He lived and he died, but death did not end him.

It is Written that the Christ would Suffer and on the Third Day Rise from the Dead

The disciples told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised Jesus at the breaking of bread.

  They were still talking about all this when Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you!’ In a state of alarm and fright, they thought they were seeing a ghost. But he said, ‘Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts rising in your hearts? Look at my hands and feet; yes, it is I indeed. Touch me and see for yourselves; a ghost has no flesh and bones as you can see I have.’ And as he said this he showed them his hands and feet. Their joy was so great that they still could not believe it, and they stood there dumbfounded; so he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ And they offered him a piece of grilled fish, which he took and ate before their eyes.

  Then he told them, ‘This is what I meant when I said, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets and in the Psalms has to be fulfilled.’ He then opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘So you see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this.’


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