Is it true? (the whole Jesus and resurrection thing) I get asked that question quite a bit. Over the years a few Jewish friends have asked that question. Some have pressed me further. How do I KNOW that Jesus was (is) God? How does a man of science put so much stock in the unseen?
I must confess that I have sometimes scoured the world of science for clues to help confirm the historical record, so the questions are fair enough. The answers have left some rather unhappy, even enraged.
Never in Israel’s history did God allow them to go for so long (2000 years) in exile, with no temple. No priests, prophets, kings.
Yet, for two thousand years there have been no priests, prophets, or kings in Israel. The priesthood is gone and the Muslims occupy the site where the sacrifice took place. If Jesus’ followers concocted a story of resurrection, as well as all of the other miracles, they were pretty fortunate in their timing. They couldn’t have known of the utter collapse of the old dispensation headed their way, or of it’s permanence.
In truth, it wasn’t a collapse, but the fulfillment of the old covenant. The Temple veil, symbol of the old covenant was rent in two from top to bottom, indicating God’s action, not man’s (who only could have torn from the bottom upward).
Jesus fulfilled in His person all three roles not seen in Israel in two thousand years:
King of Kings
As a scientist, I look for evidence. In Brooklyn, two thousand years is called a clue. So, yes, I have all the evidence I need. I also have the grace of the sacraments that lead to an ever-deepening life in the Holy Spirit who leads us to all truth. There is an assurance within faith that casts away all doubt and fear.
Some of those Jewish friends have since converted. Some never spoke to me again. Two thousand years in microcosm.
I know that my Redeemer liveth
Blessed Easter to you all.