Like a long, boring letter or conversation, there’s a tendency to tune out. I pray I haven’t bored you by my long silence. Life has been full of many winding turns over the last year and I am just now getting my feet under me. I am re-thinking and re-tooling my blogging and writing.
I would like for you to enter the conversation and be a part of this part process blog, part resourcing blog, part rumination blog. Would you help me by sending me questions or topics you’d like me to deal with? You can send me an email or make a comment on this post.
I wait. . .
In an effort to make our faith secure, Jesus appeared to his disciples on eleven distinct occasions. Here they are:
1. Mary Magdalene alone (Mk 16; Jn 20.14)
2. The woman returning from the tomb (Mt 28.9-10)
3. Simon Peter alone (Lk 24.34)
4. Two disciples on the way to Emmaus (Lk 24.13-35)
5. Apostles at Jerusalem, without Thomas (Jn 20.19)
6. Apostles at Jerusalem, a second time, with Thomas present (Jn 20.26-29)
7. Sea of Tiberias, seven disciples fishing (Jn 21.1)
8. To the Eleven, on mountain in Galilee (Mt. 28.16)
9. To 500+ disciples (1Cor 15.6)
10. To James alone (1Cor 15.7)
11. To the Apostles on Mt. Olivet at his Ascension (Lk 24.51; Acts 1.6-11)
This is mere speculation and devotional in nature, but I thought I would share it. As you may know twelve symbolizes perfection or completion. Could it be that Christ reveals himself through his Word to you and to me as the Twelfth appearance. Blessed are those who have not seen with eyes of flesh, yet see with the eyes of faith. After all, isn’t this what Luke is attempting to do in his gospel and sequel (Acts)? Isn’t he attempting to give an account to most excellent Theophilus (“Lover of God”)? By giving such an account, he wants to make our faith certain that not only these things happened, but they cause ripple effects into our own space and time.
Christ truly is walking amongst us through the power and illuminating power of his Spirit.
I have been converting my file life from paper into e-format (for another post!). While scanning the documents, I came across a treasure trove of articles by Sam Crabtree–Executive Pastor at Bethlehem Baptist.
While at Bethlehem, I remember the short but poignant interactions I had with Sam. He is a man after God’s own heart. Upon requesting a coffee with him, I remember him telling me that his job was to work in the obscure things in order to free up Pastor John for what he is gifted at. I remember being astounded and confounded as a green pastoral candidate. Didn’t Sam want to be known and quoted and re-tweeted? His desire to serve marked me forever. I have been since struggling to aim at serving and not renown. May God grant me such a heart and service and willingness to live in the obscure places for the glory of God’s name and not my own.
All that to say I just subscribed to Sam’s blog and would highly encourage you to do the same. Short and pithy, just like Sam (metaphorically, not literally).