L. A. Marzulli
I often ask myself if I could back in time and visit just one day, in the past, which day would it be?
First off, for me it wouldn’t be sailing with Christopher Columbus, or seeing the construction of the Great pyramid—although that would be really eye-opening—or being present at the signing of the Declaration of Independence. While those aforementioned times in history would be interesting I wouldn’t choose to visit them.
Being a Christian for some 36 years now, and reading and re-reading the good news that we find in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, I would be hard pressed to decide on one of the stories that we read about to journey back in time and visit.
Would I choose the raising of Lazarus? Can you imagine the intensity of such a profound moment, as Lazarus who had been dead and buried in the tomb for three days is called forth?
What about being aboard the boat on the Sea of Galilee, which is about to sink from the storm that has come from nowhere and threatens to capsize the vessel? Jesus is asleep in the boat and when he is awakened by his disciples he rebukes the storm with two words, be still! Instantly the storm with its howling winds and large waves is gone. It becomes like a limp rag, the moment Jesus calls for it cease. As the disciples would remark: while even the wind and the waves obey him!
How about the casting out of the Legion of Demons that possesses the man of the tombs? This possessed man had terrorized the surrounding town for who knows how long. Jesus commands then to leave and they obey him. What is remarkable is this. The demons call out to Jesus before He casts them out, not to send them into the pit as it’s not their time yet. Jesus has mastery over the supernatural world.
The feeding of the multitudes where Jesus takes a few small fish and a loaf of bread and after He blesses it the disciples distribute the food, feeding the 5000 who are sitting there. How did that work? Do the fish just appear from nowhere? I would love to have been there watching!
What about when Jesus walks on the water! This is certainly one of the more playful aspects of His time here on earth. He’s out for an “evening stroll” and the disciples, when they see Him, think He’s a ghost. I believe this is deliberate on Jesus’ part as he’s always taking the disciples out of their comfort zones and his walking on the water, certainly does that!
Then there’s the brutality of the crucifixion, with its shame, and torture. The Bible tells us darkness covered the land for three hours. Calvary, or Golgotha—the place of the skull—is the center point of history, as everything changes there at the moment of His death and the Fallen Cherub is defeated!
The ground shakes and the dead are seen walking in the streets of Jerusalem. And then there’s the group of men and women who remove Him from the cross and hastily bury him in a rich mans’ tomb. Incredible.
How about the glory of the resurrection, as the stone that sealed the tomb is rolled away by an angel! The Roman soldiers fall to the ground, as if dead and the one who paid the price for all mankind sin, who shed His blood for us, the Messiah, the Prince of Peace, the Lord of Lord’s, emerges from the tomb.
in closing todays Bun. It’s hard for me to pick just one day, and there are other days when Jesus walked the earth that vie for position. The healing of the Lepers, the Triumphal entry, the last supper, the woman caught in adultery, to name a few.
Perhaps after we rise to meet Him in the air and things calm down a bit after He rides to earth, with the armies of heaven on flying white horses, there’s a place where we can “rent” a cosmic DVD of the events of His life while He was on earth….. I’d be the first in line!