Saturday, June 11, 2005

Why do they care?

An article appeared on MSNBC.COM a few days ago titled "Did a Blood Clot Kill Jesus?" The opening paragraph says:
Jesus may have died from a blood clot that reached his lungs, an Israeli physician said Wednesday, challenging the popular conception that he died of asphyxiation and blood loss during his crucifixion.

Dr. Benjamin Brenner, a researcher at the Rambam Medical Center in the Israeli port city of Haifa, said he was publicizing his theory to raise awareness about pulmonary embolism, a potentially fatal disorder often associated with long-distance air travel.

A medical doctor reacted to this news by saying, "Usually one has to be immobile longer than 3 to 6 hours before this condition occurs. And where did the male half of the DNA originate? It has to be both sets of DNA to make this condition occur not just the mother's."

A question I have is this: Why is a Jewish doctor and professor so concerned about this obscure carpenter's death? I guess they are admitting that there was a Jesus and that he was crucified outside Jerusalem sometime in the early first century.

But why do they care about this revolutionary trouble-maker, this blasphemer, this false teacher, this insurrectionist that was killed with common thieves?

Instead of arguing about details of the death, they should consider the real issue: JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD.

Jesus rose from the dead into a body that was physical enough to be touched but beyond-physical enough to enter a locked room and appear/disappear on a dusty road. He appeared before His best friends, before his brother, before a bunch of women, before 500 "strangers."

Let others get caught up in the physical details. I take comfort in the words of Jesus: "blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed" (John 20:29 ESV).

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