The disciples were witnesses to the resurrection of Christ. But they found it very hard to comprehend. Christ had to demonstrate to them that he was not a ghost, not a fraud, but was real.
He was healed, whole, eternal, and able to do things no human can. And his promise is that we will be like him: fully human. For in this life we are not.
36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”Luke 24:36-40, NASB
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.
We have only one job, and that is to proclaim Christ as risen and Lord. There is no other. What does this look like? I guest writer, who converted to Orthodoxy, commented at a local blog yesterday.
I received my theological formation in the stony city of Edinburgh, with its harsh cold winds from the North sea. There are many churches there of various degrees of Presbyterian puritanism, built on the teachings of Calvin and John Knox. For them, the Christian life is one of humility, repentance, discipleship, and acts of charity, because that life is what the Bible teaches. This is what is needed in the Protestant churches of New Zealand.RoB Schovel, Whale Oil
Why am I saying this as an Eastern Orthodox Christian? Because at the heart of Orthodoxy is the life of repentance, humility, discipleship and acts of charity that Calvin emphasised. I have to be realistic in understanding that the cycles of liturgical ceremonial in Orthodoxy feel culturally alien to most New Zealanders, so I am urging Christian believers in these islands to return to the form of Protestant Christianity with the strongest points of contact with Orthodoxy.
We are to be like Christ. We are to do good, not signal it and allow evil. Christ is risen. All else does is of a lower priority. Be like Christ. The outworking of this will vary with culture and situation, but in Christ we can unite.
Do not be one who damns others because of their culture or nation. Instead rejoice where Christ is proclaimed.
And do not let the enemies of the gospel define us.