Easter–Pursuing the Truth
The recent film, Risen, chronicles the aftermath of the resurrection of Jesus. In the film, a Roman Tribune, Clavius by name, is commissioned by Governor Pilate to investigate the disappearance of Jesus’ body. The film depicts Clavius’ gradual journey of faith and encounter with the risen Christ. In one scene, Clavius’ aide asks why he continues to pursue the dead man Jesus. His answer is worth repeating: “I have seen two things which I cannot reconcile: A man dead without question, and that same man alive again. I pursue Him, the Nazarene, to discover the truth.”
That statement reminds me of a similar statement I often see on churches at Christmas: “Wise men still seek Him.” What is Easter all about if it is not about finding truth. Either Jesus’ body is decayed, gone forever, or He was and is risen, triumphing over sin and death. There is no in between ground. Since all of the alternative excuses for what took place that first Resurrection Sunday fail on the basis of acceptable evidence, we must conclude that what over 500 saw and died averring, must have taken place. Jesus lives and the pursuit of the risen Christ is the only wise route to existential truth. As the songwriter put it, “Because He lives, we can face tomorrow (and eternity); because he lives all fear is gone; because we know He holds the future, and life is worth the living just because He lives.”
As another Easter morning dawns, let it be another day of not simply pursuing truth but living and experiencing, moment by moment, the life of faith that is wrapped in a bodiless shroud and an empty tomb (John 11:25,26).