Around Easter many magazines, television shows and podcasts like to discuss whether or not the stories about Jesus are true. A lot of books and very smart people have given me good reasons to believe they are. This morning I noticed something that could never, by any stretch of the imagination, be considered proof. However, it’s too interesting for me to ignore.
People who study the Bible for a living tell me John’s gospel was the last to be written. Because of this, some people wonder if he might have embellished the stories a bit. John does draw his readers’ attention to the miracles and mystical sayings of Jesus more than the other Gospel writers.
Luke, on the other hand, was a doctor, a science guy. He starts his letter by saying he’s carefully investigated the stories he’s about to tell so his reader could be certain they were true. And instead of embellishing, Luke sometimes slows down his narrative with details that don’t really add to the story.
Broadly speaking, John is the miracle guy and Luke is the evidence guy. So it’s interesting to me the story each chooses to emphasize at the end of their letters.
After showing Jesus doing and saying all these almost unbelievable things, John devotes most of his final chapter to Jesus fulfilling a mundane physical necessity; eating breakfast. And Luke ends with Jesus ascending into the clouds.
As someone whose life was devoted to rehabilitating the human body, and whose letter includes many unnecessary facts, I would expect Luke to conclude by showing the restoration of Jesus’ physical body and who was there to see it; and after all the emphasis on miracles and divinity it would make sense for John to end with Jesus ascending into the heavens. Instead, the man who claims to present facts ends with an unbelievable story, while the man who is concerned with establishing Jesus as God hallows humanity.
Concluding with stories that don’t really fit with the rest of the letter makes me believe they’re telling the truth.
Lewis, this doesn’t prove anything, but it’s too uncharacteristic of each writer and their style not to capture my attention. I can’t wait for you to show me things in the Bible you find too interesting to ignore.
What has God shown you in His word that makes you say, “This doesn’t prove anything, but it’s too interesting to ignore?” Why does this speak so loudly to you?
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