Saturday, April 19, 2014
Commemoration of Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1012
I have spoken of the birth of Jesus Christ as a well-attested fact of history, but, of course, it became that, for the most part, in retrospect. For as the Holy Babe grew to manhood it was only here and there that men recognized what they were seeing—God focused in human form. When the final tragedy came and the forces of darkness conspired to put out the Light, probably a mere handful retained their faith. It was the reverberating miracle of the Resurrection, witnessed and vouched for by hundreds of reliable witnesses, which settled the matter, and transformed dispirited disciples into determined heroes prepared to challenge and change the world.
... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), God With Us: a Message for Christmas, London: Epworth Press, 1957, p. 9-10
(see the book; see also Luke 24:19-21; Ps. 16:9-11; Jon. 1:17; Matt. 16:16-17; 28:9-10; Mark 16:2-7; Luke 2:27-38; 24:5-7; John 1:4-5; 11:25-26; 20:9-17; Acts 13:30-37; 17:30-31; Rom. 6:23; 1 Cor. 15:3-8,14,20-21; more at Challenge, Darkness, Disciple, Faith, Historical, Jesus, Light, Man, Resurrection, Witness)
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