After the Passion

(Reflections on why Jesus stayed another 40 days after He rose from the dead)

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As the Credits Roll (After the Passion – Day 1)

As the credits rolled in Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, I could barely breathe. The final scene still replays in my mind:  Morning light pours into the tomb. The empty grave clothes collapse in on themselves, the outline of His profile. Jesus slowly opens His eyes. He stands— His body travels past the fixed [...]

After the Sabbath (After the Passion – Day 2)

Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week (Matthew 28:1) Another sunrise lightens the sky. We’re still in chronological time—that linear, measurable time that flows predictably down through the ages.  “Chronos” time: it infects our thinking, our perceptions, dictates our fate.  Time doesn’t empty a tomb.  Nail [...]

Bad Day for Caiaphas (After the Passion – Day 4)

Now while they were on their way, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened.                                                          (Matt 28:11) Every conversation has a back story, doesn’t matter if you’re a woman, an angel, or a Roman guard.  The words spoken and heard on that first [...]

Rigor Mortis of Belief (After the Passion – Day 5)

The conspiracy is fraying around the edges, Caiaphas.  If you had left the tomb alone perhaps your future lie about the disciple stealing the body might have sounded plausible.  But you didn’t do that, did you?  Can’t get off the merry-go-round, can you?  Everything you do now accomplishes the exact opposite of what you intended. [...]

Pimping Pilate (After the Passion – Day 6)

Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go, make it as secure as you know how.”  And they went and made the grave secure, and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone.  (Matthew 27:65-66)     The world is holding its collective breath.  The body is in the tomb.  The rock [...]

The Cover Up (After the Passion – Day 8)

Now while they were on their way, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened.  And when they had assembled with the elders and counseled together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, and said, “You are to say, ‘His disciples [...]